The Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall inaugural essay contest was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thank you to the Antelope Valley students (4th – 12th grade) who participated in this year’s essay contest by submitting an essay that responds to the theme Honoring the Gold Star Families of the Vietnam War. It was inspirational to read such a variety of poignant and thoughtful papers. THANK YOU to all of the educators (teachers, administrators, youth leaders, and parents) who encouraged their students’ participation! Congratulations to our winners: Elementary School: Nicholas Ryan Howlett 4th Grade at Gregg Anderson Academy Middle School: Lillian Collado 8th Grade at Hillview Middle School High School: Persja Moore 11th Grade at Lancaster High School Nicholas will read his winning essay at the Veterans Day/Opening Ceremony on Friday, November 11 at 11:00am. Lillian will read her winning essay at the Candlelight Walk on Saturday, November 12 at 9:00pm. Persja will read her winning essay at the Gold Star Family Recognition Event on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00pm. Essay Topics 4th-5th Grade: What is military veteran? How and why should we properly honor our veterans? 6th-8th grade: What is the most appropriate manner to honor the families of fallen soldiers (Gold Star Families)? Why is this important? 9th-12th grade: Research one person on the Wall and write a letter to his/her family honoring their loved one’s sacrifice.