TES students awarded
Tonganoxie Elementary School students received a slew of honors and recognitions at Thursday's school-year-ending awards assembly in the TES north gymnasium.
Students in the first and second grade had their awards ceremony first and were recognized for their abilities in several areas, including perfect attendance and citizenship, among others. Students with perfect attendance received vouchers to a Kansas City Royals baseball game, courtesy of the Royals. Citizenship award winners also received pins.
Third- and fourth-graders earned similar awards as well as others, including those in the field of music. In addition, the TES Chorusters, a fourth-grade student vocal group, performed.
At both assemblies, members of the Tonganoxie American Legion presented awards to winners of the chapter's essay contest. This year's essay theme was: "What does the Fourth of July mean to me."
First place winners received $100 savings bonds, second place, a $50 savings bonds, and third place, a gold medal.
First and Second grade winners were: Bridgett Hobbs, first; Coby Claypool, second; and Catie Larson, third. Winners for third and fourth grade were: Carrie Husband, first; Emma DeMaranville, second; and Michael Mast, third.
The following are those students' essays, verbatim:
Bridgett Hobbs, second grade, first place
What 4th of July means to me is when I see the firecrackers shoot off I think of my dad. He is in the army. What he is fighting for is our freedom. I can't see him that much because he is in the War. I'm glad my dad is fighting for freedom for America. He has been in a fight. He has to fight in Germany. I love him very much. And he means a lot to me.
Coby Claypool, first grade, second place
The Fourth of July is a day to onner the people that have gon too war for freedom. They didn't have fansee guns back then, but they had other wepens like bombs. They slep in ahole they got about 20 minutes of, they got out of that deep dark hole that they slep in. Sometimes they would get attacked by animals like bares, And they might ride on a wild horse a wild horse cango about 20 to 22 miles per hour, and about 28 or 30 miles in one day. Right now we are figting iraick in a war. More than 900 people are killed in every war. The hole that they slep in is about 2 by 4 feet long. Okay back too the Fourth o July. The reason why there is such thing as fireworks is because they are kind of like bommbs only more safe than bombs. Bommbs can be set anywhere.
Catie Larson, second grade, third place
The 4th of July:When it's the 4th of July I think of the veterans we have. It's not about the fireworks. I like my family and friends better. It's not about decoration. Our veterans protect us. When it is 4th of July I donate toys, clothes, money and food every year. I wish the soldiers were home. It is the war that keeps the soldiers away. Some people die in the war. A day with out war would be nice.
Carrie Husband, third grade, first place
On the fourth of July it is Independence day. There are lots and lots of fire works of all different colors like a rainbow. Colors like red.blue.orange pink and white. Independence day is the day we claimed our indepence from England. We celebrate our freedom with barbeques, picnics, parades and fireworks.
We should be thankful we have people that are willing to risk their lives so that we can be free. I am especially grateful for two popele. One is my grate grandfather who fought in world war II. He was wounded and got a purple heart medal. I am also grateful for my dad who served in Kosovo and in Afghanistan three times.
He was a paratrooper in the 82nd airborne division in the army.
I am very thankful to live in America where we can be free.
Emma Lynn DeMaranville, fourth grade, second place
The fourth of July means our independence. But when some people think of it they think of fireworks, friends, BBQ, and Uncle Sam. I think of red, white and blue. On the fourth of July I think of the people who are and were serving in the wars. But truly our independence was won and now year after year we celebrate July fourth.
Michael Mast, third grade, third place
The 4th of July means a lot to me. It reminds me of all Veterans that fought for our Country. The fireworks remind me of the song. Star-Spangled Banner where it says "the bomb burstin in air." Me and my family love the 4th of July because that's when we go to my grandma and grandpa's house to shoot off fireworks. My dad shoots the biggest one because he served in the Navy. After we've shot all the fireworks we think of all the names of Veterans we know. Then my grandpa teaches me how to fold a flag. That's what the 4th of July means to me.