The St. Barnabas Holy Name Men’s Group sponsors a veteran’s essay contest each year at Assumption School in O’Fallon.
The group determines what questions need to be addressed in the essay and requires a minimum of 100 words. Spelling and grammar are important in the process of their review and selection of the winners. Both seventh- and eighth-grade students participated in the 2020 contest, which posed the question “What do the American Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance mean to you?”
Following the end of a Veteran’s Day Prayer Service, St. Peters Alderman Terri Violet (Ward 3), herself a veteran, hosted the awards while Bob Stahl, moderator of the St. Barnabas Holy Name Men’s Club, presented the winners with a ribbon and a monetary gift. First place winners received a check for $100; second place winners received $75; and third place winners received $50.
After reading all of the essays, three students from each class were chosen as winners. The eighth-grade winners included first-place winner Brannac Jeffries, second-place winner Josh Giesmann, and third-place winner Abby Woytus.
Winners from the seventh-grade class included Colin Olsen in first place, Macy Collier in second and Belle Lutostanski in third.