The Black Canyon Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary Post 9333 in Hotchkiss annually recognizes students who have excelled in writing Voice of Democracy speeches and in the "Just Say No" Coloring Contest.
Commander Michael R. Davis welcomed the young winners and their families to the VFW Post.
The Ladies Auxiliary prepared a pot luck dinner.
Gwen Carpenter, youth activities chairman, introduced each of the winners.
The "Just Say No" Coloring Contest was for kids in grades one through four in Crawford, Paonia and Hotchkiss. Only Hotchkiss third graders participated. The winners were first place Mia Cowan, second place Joslyn Kendall, third place Trevor Wingfield and fourth place Hector Elizalde. The winners received crayons, colored pencils,markers, a bag and gold dollars. Wingfield received two gold dollars, Kendall three gold dollars and Cowan four gold dollars.
Carpenter said Paonia High School had a number of entries for the Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. All were members of Diane Hurst's speech class. "This was the best, most rewarding speech class ever," Hurst said.
Paonia's first place winner was Derrick Heinerger, Tyler Rapke second place and third place went to Chelsea Reed.
Hotchkiss High School's Reed Hubbell won first place at his school and then went on to win third place at the district contest.blog comments powered by Disqus