Mesquite Elks Recognize Americanism Essay Contest Winners

From left, 2015-16 Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Contest winners Favian Valle, Wyatt Leavitt, and Nevaen Musser and Elks Exalted Ruler Rick McDonald. Photo submitted.

From left, 2015-16 Elks Lodge Americanism Essay Contest winners Favian Valle, Wyatt Leavitt, and Nevaen Musser and Elks Exalted Ruler Rick McDonald. Photo submitted.

Annually, the Elks Grand Lodge selects an essay theme to encourage young students to think about what it means to live in America. For the 2015-2016 the theme is “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.” The contest starts with local Lodges, progresses through District and State levels, and ends with the naming of the National Winners at the Grand Lodge Session that this July is in Houston, TX.

The Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for 5th grade students in all of the elementary schools within the Virgin Valley. It is left up to each school administration and the 5th grade teachers to determine if they wish to encourage their students to participate. This very important Patriotic Contest gives students the opportunity to express views on their pride in America.

Over 60 students submitted essays. A judging panel made up of Mesquite Elks members reviewed each of the essays. The winning students were honored at a special ceremony at the Mesquite Elks Lodge on Saturday, March 19.

The first place winner was 10-year-old Favian Valle who was awarded a certificate and a check for $100. In second place was 11-year-old Nevaen Musser who was also awarded with a certificate and a check for $75. Wyatt Leavitt, 11-years-old, was recognized with a 3rd place certificate and a check for $50.

All three students were from J.L. Bowler elementary school in Bunkerville. Their essays will now be submitted to the District level in Nevada to be judged against other local Lodge winners.

The Mesquite Elks Lodge congratulates all of the students who participated in this year’s contest and, in particular, the three finalists who all wrote outstanding essays. And, the Elks want to thank the school administrators and the fifth grade teachers who incorporated the important topic of Americanism into their already full curriculum.

Annually, the Elks Grand Lodge selects an essay theme to encourage young students to think about what it means to live in America. For the 2015-2016 the theme is “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country.” The contest starts with local Lodges, progresses through District and State levels, and ends with the naming of the National Winners at the Grand Lodge Session that this July is in Houston, TX.

The Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811 sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for 5th grade students in all of the elementary schools within the Virgin Valley. It is left up to each school administration and the 5th grade teachers to determine if they wish to encourage their students to participate. This very important Patriotic Contest gives students the opportunity to express views on their pride in America.

Over 60 students submitted essays. A judging panel made up of Mesquite Elks members reviewed each of the essays. The winning students were honored at a special ceremony at the Mesquite Elks Lodge on Saturday, March 19.

The first place winner was 10-year-old Favian Valle who was awarded a certificate and a check for $100. In second place was 11-year-old Nevaen Musser who was also awarded with a certificate and a check for $75. Wyatt Leavitt, 11-years-old, was recognized with a 3rd place certificate and a check for $50.

All three students were from J.L. Bowler elementary school in Bunkerville. Their essays will now be submitted to the District level in Nevada to be judged against other local Lodge winners.

The Mesquite Elks Lodge congratulates all of the students who participated in this year’s contest and, in particular, the three finalists who all wrote outstanding essays. And, the Elks want to thank the school administrators and the fifth grade teachers who incorporated the important topic of Americanism into their already full curriculum.

 

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