2010 Patriotic Artwork and Essay Contest winners announced

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The Craig Daily Press announces the winners of its 2010 Patriotic Artwork and Essay Contest.

For the kindergarten to second grade division, the essay winner is Joelle Kenney and the artwork winner is Julia Chavez.

For the third to fifth grade division, Cody Pleasant is the essay winner and Lane White is the artwork winner.

Volunteers from the Daughters of the American Revolution served as judges for the competition.

See the winning entries below and join the Daily Press in recognizing these children during the Hometown Heroes Community Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Craig City Park.

Winning essay entries:

Dear veterans,

I feel safe when soldiers protect us. They let us have freedom. Thank you for protecting the USA. You sacrifice yourselves. I hope I can be in the Army someday.

Joelle Kenney — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

What patriotism means to me is remembering Uncle Sam, the veterans, and our country's history of Americans fighting for freedom. I love our country!! We are free thanks to the Constitution. The most important phrase is "we the people." I want to serve my country when I grow up. The Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, National Guard, and Coast Guard all work together to help America and other countries around the world. I also think of the soldiers overseas and coming home to see their families. Patriotism can be shown in many different ways. That is what I think of patriotism.

Cody Pleasant — Fourth grade, Sunset Elementary School

The other essay entries:

Why I love America is that you get freedom. You can plant grass in your beautiful yard. I love my shelter of my nice house. I love the military who fight the war. I like that everyone in our country can go to school. I love America so much that I want to be in the military. America is the country I like the most. I love America.

Logan Montgomery — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

I'm proud and happy that soldiers risk lives to help us. I love that we have freedom and I'm so happy we can make our own choices. I'm thankful we have tough strong soldiers that fight for our country. We have the Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, and military. Because if we didn't we would be attacked and couldn't do anything about it. Thank you everyone that was in anything like wars and all that. I'm happy I live in America.

Seth White — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

Why I love my country. I love my country because we have freedom. We can live where we want to like the mountains. We can say what we want to say only if we do not hurt people's feelings. We can go to school and learn. We get to vote for our leaders. We can read any books we want to read. We can make choices. We have soldiers to keep us safe. I'm glad that we have soldiers to keep us safe and so we can be free. Thank you for being in the war so we can do what we want to do. I'm glad you are brave and sacrifice. I love my country.

Alexei Reyes — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

Why I love America. I love America because we have freedom. I am glad we have freedom. I love to live in the United States of America because it is free. I also love America because we get to read what we want to read and we get to go to the school we want and make our own choices. I am also happy because we have soldiers so we get what we want. I am glad people entered the war. The people who enter the war are very, very brave. It was to sacrifice. I am glad for the people who enter the war. I love America!

Cristiann Reyes — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

I love my country because we get freedom to live wherever we want, and say whatever we want, read whatever we want, get whatever job we want, and watch whatever we want. I feel happy that I live in the U.S.A.

Dustin Dunn — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

I love my country because I can have freedom, make choices, vote which president I want, go to school without paying any money, decide which job I want, and I can travel wherever I want to. Thank you veterans for protecting the United States of America. I want to thank you for keeping our country safe. I feel safe. I am proud that you won the wars. Thank you for keeping the USA safe.

Brendan Beaver — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

Dear veterans,

Thank you for protecting our country. it is important you protecting our country because we would die if you didn't protect our country. I love my country because we have freedom. We have to take care of our country. You can choose whoever you want to vote for. Everyone goes to school in our country. The new pilgrims come from Mexico. I come from Mexico.

Ofelia Quezada — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

Our country is safe. Some kids can not go to school because there is a war. We live in a country what is named the United States of America where there are no wars. The Navy keeps us safe. My dad is in the Navy. They do lots of things in the Navy.

Alyssa Louthan — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

I'm glad to be an American in the USA. I thank all the soldiers for protecting us. And for putting your life on the line for us. And for saving our lives. And I love my country because our country is the best country in the world.

Jack Doane — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

I feel proud of my country because we have freedom. I am very happy that we have a military. I get to go to school for free. I am happy about that. I am glad that I get to live where I want to live. I'm glad I get to say what I want to say. I'm glad everybody gets to do what job they want to do. I'm glad my papa was in the war. I'm glad that we have soldiers, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines. Thank you for protecting our country. I am very proud of you. You are very brave.

Tate Severson — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

I love my country because there is happiness and really great jobs in my country and great schools. Lots of people live in my country. We have a great country. Thank you soldiers for being in the war so we could have freedom. We are so proud of you. We were crossing our fingers for you. We are excited that you won or not. You were very brave to be in the war.

Lauren Kirby — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

Why I love my country is because we get freedom. We get to pick our jobs. Also, we get to make choices. We get to vote. We get to live where we want. We get to pick our school. We are free to travel to places. We get to read. We get to choose our own church. I will take care of my country. Soldiers fight for everyone. Thank you soldiers for protecting our country. I feel good about you guys. I hope you stay safe. I will stay in the U.S.A. and live so I could be safe.

Carmelita Bays — First grade, Sunset Elementary School

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