Student writers at Cedaredge Middle School and Cedaredge High School received recognition on Veterans Day for penning top patriotic essays.
The annual student essay contests are sponsored by the Grand Mesa Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9221 and Ladies Auxiliary of Cedaredge.
Middle school students enter their works in the Patriot Pen competition and high school students enter the Voice of Democracy contest.
The top high school writers were Ryan Latta, first place; Madison Eckhart, second; and Raven Moreland, third.
In the Middle School division, Blake Gash won third place, Jessica Craig was second, and Jacob Lewis took top honors.
The student writers read their essays during the combined school Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 11.
The Veterans Day program included an address by Korean War veteran Don Craig of Cedaredge. He quoted President Ronald Reagan on the need for Americans to be ever vigilant lest the freedoms that so many have fought and died for are lost: "Our freedom is a fragile thing and only one generation away from extinction."blog comments powered by Disqus