Veterans Day Essay Winners Downingtown Pa

On Wednesday, State Representative Sean Scanlon announced his office is holding an essay contest for Guilford and Branford middle school students in honor of Veterans Day which will be celebrated this year on Friday November 10, 2017.

"Each year, Veterans Day gives us a chance to thank veterans in our community for their service and reflect on the importance of that service," said Scanlon. "This year, I invite Branford and Guilford middle school students to let our local veterans know how much they mean to us by submitting a short essay thanking them for their service."

Scanlon invites all middle school students from grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 to answer the question "Why Should We Thank Veterans?" in 200 words or less. One winner and runner-up will be chosen from each middle school (Walsh in Branford and Baldwin and Adams in Guilford) and the winner will be invited to read his or her essay at each town's Veterans Day ceremony.

All essays are due by Friday October 27th at 5pm and should be submitted via email to or via mail to:

Rep. Sean Scanlon
Legislative Office Building, Room 2802
Hartford, CT 06106-1591

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) is proud to announce the 2017 Delaware County Veteran’s Day Essay Contest winners.

They are:

 1st Place: Hope Polhill, 8th grade, Beverly Hills Middle School

 2nd Place: Caroline Constable, 8th grade, Radnor Middle School

 3rd Place: Riley O’Connell, 6th grade, E.T. Richardson Middle School


The focus of the Veterans Day Parade and essay contest this year is “honoring all veterans.” Students had to answer the following in 300 words or less: “Thank you for your service.”

This is a common expression of gratitude that our country offers veterans. But is a quick “thank you” all we owe returning soldiers? What do we owe our veterans — including those who have served, those who have been injured or disabled and the families that have lost someone?

Open to all Delaware County students in grades 6-8, the purpose of the contest was to challenge students to think about war and freedom in ways they never have before, to gain a sense of pride in our country and to honor and respect those brave individuals who have risked their lives for our freedom. The winners received cash prizes ($200, $150 and $100) and a certificate and were invited to read their essays at the Veteran’s Day Parade in Media Nov. 10.

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