American Legion promotes patriotism through essay

GREENFIELD — American Legion Auxiliary Unit 119 recently conducted its annual essay contest. The purpose of the contest was to help young citizens learn the principles of the United States.

“We believe promoting a spirit of patriotism by teaching about it develops lifelong respect for what we hold dear — our country and her flag,” the unit wrote in a press release.

This year’s winners in American Legion Auxiliary Unit 119’s essay contest were:

Class I, third and fourth grade

First place, Bella Turner, Maxwell Intermediate School; second place, Madison Succaw, Greenfield Intermediate School; third place, Reagan Breece, MIS; and fourth place, Clay Guerin, MIS.

Class II, fifth and sixth grade

First place, Hadleigh Cherry, GIS; second place, Audrey Roberts, MIS; third place, Dylan Nance, GIS; and fourth place, Brady Johnson, Weston Elementary.

Class III, seventh and eighth grade

First place, Justin Knapp, Greenfield Central Junior High; second place, Alli Horton, GCJS; third place, Jack Calvert, GCJS; and fourth place, Tyler Antic, GCJS.

Class IV, coloring contest for kindergarten, first and second grade

First place, Brody Butler, Eden Elementary; second place, Katie Jennings, Eden Elementary; third place, Haley Ward, Harris Elementary; and fourth place, Izzy Wilson, Weston Elementary.

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or