2016 Poem Winners & Finalists

Post Date:January 19, 2017

For Veterans Day 2016, we asked children across the country to express their thanks to our nation’s millions of veterans by entering the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) 13th annual National Veterans Day Poster and Poem Contest.

This year’s contest theme: Celebrating 70 Years of Service. Using their own words, images, and creativity, children shared how they feel they would celebrate the service of veterans. Poem winners are below. See this link for the poster winners.

2016 Poem Grand Prize Winner
Kendall Schenck - Captain Nathan Hale Middle School Coventry, CT
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Finalists  Category Winners
5-6 Grade:
Mia Savino - Horace W. Porter School Columbia, CT 
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7-8 Grade:
Whitney Cole - South Fayette Middle School McDonald, PA
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5-6 Grade: 
Makayla Brown – Orange Grove Intermediate School Orange Grove, TX
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Thomas Faries – St. Dominic Academy Lewiston, ME
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Mallory Murphy – Brandywine Springs School Wilmington, DE 
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Nina Nguyen – Frances E. Norton Elementary School Allen, TX
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Noah Girardin – St. Dominic Academy Lewiston, ME
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Whitley Ann Rothwell – Yough Intermediate Middle School Ruffs Dale, PA
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Megan Shank – Northwestern Elementary School Kokomo, IN
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Emily Stephan – Yough Intermediate Middle School Ruffs Dale, PA
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Logan Torbert – Holy Rosary Catholic School Larose, LA
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Hannah Wright – Yough Intermediate Middle School Ruffs Dale, PA
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7-8 Grade: 
Makenna Randolph – Norterra Canyon School Phoenix, AZ
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Dawson Williams – Erik Ramstad Middle School Minot, ND
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Ryan Allen – Cedarbrook West Middle School Wyndmoor, PA
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Olivia Bell – Cedarbrook West Middle School Wyndmoor, PA
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Aidan Frankenberg – Cedarbrook West Middle School Wyndmoor, PA
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Jaden Sky Greenbaum – Cedarbrook West Middle School Wyndmoor, PA
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Evan Henke – St. Rosalia Academy Pittsburgh, PA

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Serina Ng – St. Rosalia Academy Pittsburgh, PA 
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Lauren Olson – St. Rosalia Academy Pittsburgh, PA
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Casey Weightman – Belle Vernon Area Middle School Belle Vernon, PA 
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