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May 21, 2019

Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners

Campus winners in a fifth grade essay contest for Memorial Day were honored at the Granbury ISD school board meeting on May 20, 2019. 

The contest was initiated five years ago by J.C. Campbell, a veteran and community leader who felt it was important for students to commemorate armed services personnel who have died in service to the nation. 

The program objective stated, “Many students think Memorial Day is simply a day to ‘celebrate’ a day off from school.  They do not realize it is instead a day to ‘commemorate’ or remember those who have lost their lives in all American Wars.  The objective of this contest is to help students understand the true meaning of this day.” 

The winners at the campus level were: 

  • Acton Elementary School: Chase Cantrell
  • Baccus Elementary School: Emily Contino
  • Brawner Intermediate School: Kaylee Jackson
  • Oak Woods School: Grace Blevins
  • STEAM Academy at Mambrino: Emelyn Hughes 

The top essays will be judged by newspaper representatives, who will select the overall winner to be announced at the community Memorial Day event on the Hood County courthouse square on Monday, May 27. 

The contest followed state curriculum guidelines regarding fifth grade citizenship, which specifies that students understand “important symbols, customs, celebrations, and landmarks that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity” and “describe the origins and significance of national celebrations such as Memorial Day.” 

Pictured are (left to right) J.C. Campbell, Grace Blevins, Emelyn Hughes, Kaylee Jackson, Emily Contino, and Chase Cantrell.