American Legion Auxiliary announces essay contest winners
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The Moab American Legion Auxiliary Unit 54 has announced the winners of the 2013 Americanism essay contest. Students from Helen M. Knight Elementary School, the Grand County Middle School and Grand County High were invited to submit entries for the annual competition.

This year’s essay title was “What Freedom Do I Enjoy the Most?”

Among fourth grade students, Skylar Greenhaigh won first place. He also won first place at the American Legion Auxiliary District 5 competition. Jenny Kopell took second place and Gail Leavitt took third place among fourth-grade students in Moab.

Auburn Jackman was the first-place winner among local sixth graders. Jarom Shumway took second place and Ridge Murdock placed third.

In the eighth-grade competition Michelle Valdes won first place. She also won first place at the District 5 level. Tobin Wainer took second place, and Jayelen Knowles took third place among eighth grade students.

Auxiliary officials said only two students submitted entries in the 12th-grade competition. Donna Snow took first place and Mary Rice placed second in that category. Snow also won first place at the District 5. District 5 of the American Legion Auxiliary includes Moab, Price, Emery, Ferron, Huntington, Green River and Orangeville.

The Moab Auxiliary awards cash prizes to the first- through third-place winners and District 5 awards plaques to the first-place winners.

Officials with the Moab Auxiliary thanked the teachers who encouraged students to enter the essay con­test as well as all students who participated. Each participating student was given a patriotic pin.


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