2015-06-21 / News

St. Charles seventh graders win awards for their ‘Purple Heart’ essays


St. Charles seventh graders Erica Garcia (left) and Aimee Slivinski are shown here with local veterans. The pair each received an award and monetary prize recently through an essay contest sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. (Courtesy Photo) St. Charles seventh graders Erica Garcia (left) and Aimee Slivinski are shown here with local veterans. The pair each received an award and monetary prize recently through an essay contest sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. (Courtesy Photo) ST. CHARLES – Two students from Thurston Middle School in St. Charles received an award and a monetary prize recently for efforts in an essay contest, sponsored by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Erica Garcia (first place winner) and Aimee Slivinski (second place winner) are seventh graders at Anna M. Thurston Middle School in St. Charles. The pair received an award and money on Friday, May 8 during an advisory assembly, according to school representatives.

Local veteran Lloyd Clark, of St. Charles, presented the awards.

The essay’s subject was Americanism with the title “What does freedom mean to me?” and all St. Charles seventh graders contributed essays for the contest, STC teacher Kristen Skiles said.

The mission of the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to “Foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.”

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is comprised of military men and woman who’ve received the honorable Purple Heart for wounds suffered while in combat. The organization states it supports all veterans and their families with “a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers,” according to www.purpleheart.org.

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