Month of the Military Child Essay Contest Winners Announced


Record Number of Submissions in Laramie County This Year

CHEYENNE – In the mid-1980’s, the U.S. Department of Defense declared April to be known as the “Month of the Military Child” in honer of the more than 2 million children across the country who have one or more parents serving in the military. To recognize these children locally, the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee (MAC) recently held their annual Month of the Military Child Essay Contest. The winners were selected by a committee of MAC volunteers and were announced at the Month of the Military Child on Friday, April 26 at the Pathfinder Building at LCCC.

Essay submissions were open to any student in LCSD #1 and LCSD #2 with a parent who is active duty, guard, reserve or retired military. This year the essay contest was expanded to include third graders and 9th through 12 graders in addition to 4th through 8th graders, resulting in a record number of essay submissions.  Submissions were received from students representing six Elementary Schools, one Jr. High School and two High Schools as well as various aged home schooled students.

2019 Month of the Military Child Essay Winners

Level 1: Grades 3 and 4
1st place: Emery Thompson, Emery is a 4th grader at Freedom Elementary.
2nd place: Nelly Finkbeiner, Nelly is a 4th grader at St. Mary’s school.
Level 2: Grades 5 and 6
1st place: Ethan Higgins, Ethan is a 5th grader at Freedom Elementary.
2nd place: Belle Black, Belle is a 5th grader at Freedom Elementary.
Level 3: Grades 7 and 8
1st place: Hunter Messamer, Hunter is an 8th grader; he is homeschooled.
2nd place: Chloe A. Pace Gallop, Chloe is a 7th grader at McCormick Junior High.
Level 4:  Grades 9 through 12
1st place: Maddie Dillow, Maddie is a Junior at Central High School.
2nd place: Jon Gordon, Jon is a Sophomore at East High School.

First Place winners from each age category received a $100 check courtesy of Blue Federal Credit Union. Second place winners in each age level received a $75 check. In addition, LCCC provided a complimentary SEEK Class (Summer Educational Experience for Kids) for each 1st and 2nd place winner in the Elementary School age groups and a complimentary Life Enrichment Class to 1st and 2nd place winners in the Jr. High and High School age groups.


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