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Veterans Day Essay Contest Winners Announced

Medina City Schools’ students in grades sixth through eighth recently had the opportunity to participate in the Second Annual Veterans Day Essay Contest to address the question, What Does Veterans Day Mean To Me?  This was a collaborative effort between the District and American Legion Post 202.  

Eleven members of the Post along with Medina City Schools’ Board of Education member Ron Ross carefully read close to 300 entries which included those from students currently enrolled in the Medina Online Digital Academy (MODA).  “Some of the entries submitted brought us to tears,” said Dave Taylor, Essay Project Officer for Legion Post 202.

This year’s winners were:

6th Grade

1st Place: Lincoln Marks A.I. Root Middle School

2nd Place: Jack Smith A.I. Root Middle School

3rd Place: Eve Lindon MODA/Claggett Middle School

Honorable Mention: Brandon Toth Claggett Middle School

Mackenzie Ward Claggett Middle School

Brady Vein Claggett Middle School

Abbey Svec Claggett Middle School

Isabella Marzano Claggett Middle School

Ashleigh Kannenberg Claggett Middle School

Aiden Baranovic Claggett Middle School

7th Grade

1st Place: Mason Cooper Claggett Middle School

2nd Place: Corrine Christeon Claggett Middle School

3rd Place: Evelyn Niple Claggett Middle School

Honorable Mention: Barrett Kerrigan Claggett Middle School


8th Grade

1st Place: Kendal Schmidle Claggett Middle School

2nd Place: Ryan Stephens Claggett Middle School

3rd Place: Keira Ridgway Claggett Middle School

Honorable Mention: Sam Andrews Claggett Middle School

Bryce Howington Claggett Middle School


The essays were judged by the eleven members of the Legion and Board member Ron Ross.  A rubric focusing on four areas was used to determine the winners:  Purpose/Focus, Organization, Elaboration, and Mechanics.  Collectively, the judges reviewed each entry selecting the first round of essays that fit the rubric.  They were then passed on to a different evaluator for a second reading.  To make the final decision to determine the winning essays, the judges listened intently as the essays were read aloud to select by majority vote first, second, and third places in each of the three grade levels.

Each winner received a certificate and monetary award thanks to the generosity of Board member Ron Ross.  Last year, the students with winning essays attended the November regular meeting to read them to the Board.  This year, due to the pandemic, the winners were recorded on video which was shown on Veterans Day on social media and Armstrong Channel 201.  To view the video, please visit Medina City Schools’ YouTube Channel.