WILLIAMS VFW POST 8720 - RECOGNITION OF 2014 WINNERS
National Citizenship Education Teacher Award Winners - Annually, the Veterans of Foreign
Wars recognizes the top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who
instill patriotism and promote citizenship effectively. Competition starts at a local Post,
then District, State and National level. National
winners receive $1,000 and $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend
the National VFW Conference.
The Homer Williams Post 8720 in Abita Springs had a
winner in each of the 3 grade levels. Two
have won at both the Post and District levels. Announcement of the
State Winners will be in January.
K-5th grade winner is Rebecca Molina from Abita Springs Elementary. Rebecca teaches gifted students 1st through 4th
grade in math, reading, science and social studies. So part of her day is also spent at
Abita Middle School. Weekly, she supports
her students to design and present a “citizenship” play to the student body
on live broadcast to bring a message about their daily actions and to be role models in
their community and school. She is very active
in the Abita Springs community with such activities as:
Friends of the Park, School PTA Reflections,
Veterans Days Program, Northshore Reading Council, and Abita Town Hall community activities. Rebecca also won at the District level and is
competing at the State level.
6th-8th grade winner is Mike Alexander from Our Lady of Lake Roman Catholic School. Mike teaches 7th grade US History.
He encourages tomorrow’s leaders to think of those less fortunate. He mobilized the school’s Catholic community to fill a bus with
food to be donated to the Covington Food Bank. 8,639
pounds of food was donated. He stresses the importance of civic
responsibility on a daily basis. With guidance,
students scrutinize the Articles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students then
have to identify violations of one’s rights and amend bills to correct the violation. Mike also won at District level and is now competing
at the State level.
Our 9th-12th grade winner is Tim
Anger from Archbishop Hannan High School. Tim
teaches Civics and a law Studies Class. He shares his love of law and civics with the students
through his enthusiasm and high-spirited classroom lessons.
His passion is truly passed onto his students. He is the Moderator for the school’s
Mock Trial Team that competes in several state competitions each year. He was named the Teacher of the Year for
2012-2013. Tim narrowly lost on a split vote
for the District Teacher.
of Democracy Winners – VFW’s premier scholarship program is the Voice
of Democracy contest. It is open to students
in grades 9-12. Each year more than 50,000 students compete
for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete
by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is Why
I Appreciate American’s Veterans. We
had 8 entries at our Post level. The top
three Post winners are Ada Tusa (1st place) a senior at Mandeville High
School. Ada also won at the District level and is competing for a
scholarship at the State level; Anna Jones (2nd place), a sophomore
at Northlake Christian School; Lauren Ellison
(3rd place) is a junior at Northlake Christian School.
Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners -
Students in grades 6-8 compete for one of 46 national awards ranging from $5,000 to $500
by writing an essay on the annual theme. This year’s theme is Why Veterans are important to our Nation’s History and Future. Again competition is at four levels - Post,
District, State, and National. We had 182 entries. Our
first place winner, Hunter Sherwood, won District and
is currently competing at the State level. The
State winner will be announced in January. Hunter
is a 6th grade student at Mandeville Middle School. Sean Noel, a 7th grade student at Mandeville Jr. High School
won 2nd place. Philip Nicaud,
a 8th grade student at Northlake Christian School won 3rd place.