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2010-05-06 / Education

East Middle student wins Americanism essay contest

Eighth-grader Jordan Tinhan accepts a certificate for her submission to the annual Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest, sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association. Tinhan was selected as the first-place winner for the area, as well as the second-place winner for the Northeast region. She stands between FRA-representative Walter Zawieruszynski, left, and James Klubek, East Middle principal. Eighth-grader Jordan Tinhan accepts a certificate for her submission to the annual Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest, sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association. Tinhan was selected as the first-place winner for the area, as well as the second-place winner for the Northeast region. She stands between FRA-representative Walter Zawieruszynski, left, and James Klubek, East Middle principal. A student at East Middle School was recently recognized for her patriotic literary efforts.

Eighth-grade student Jordan Tinhan was selected as the first-place winner for the area and second-place winner in the Northeast region for her submission to the annual Americanism-Patriotism Essay Contest, sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association, Buffalo Branch No. 23.

In connection with this year’s theme, “What Memorial Day Means to Me,” students in grades seven through 12 were asked to write essays of 350 words or fewer.

In Jordan’s essay, she wrote, “Memorial Day is a special day that we, as a country, need to celebrate proudly. It is a celebration of life, love and honor. It is a day of remembrance and a day that we can thank all of the honorable soldiers, past and present, who have valiantly fought to protect us all and have fought for our freedom.”

“Memorial Day is a day that honors and pays tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us ... but our thoughts should not be limited to just that one day. It should be remembered every day. No one wants to have to fight, but unfortunately, it is a fact of life, and without these wonderful people, we would not have the world we live in,” she continued.

Jordan was presented with her award — a $50 U.S. Savings Bond for her local win, and a $100 Savings Bond for her second place entry in the Northeast Region — on April 23 at East Middle by FRA representatives.

The FRA is a nonprofit organization that represents the interests of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.

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