Two Lenoir County youth who won state awards in a poster and essay contest as Pink Hill Elementary School students have gone on to win national honors with their entries.
Eli Aycock won second place in the fifth-grade division and Keetin Matthews won second place in the fourth-grade division of the contest sponsored as part of the AMVETS Americanism Program. The students qualified for the national contest as state winners. State awards were announced in June and the national awards were presented last month.
“Nationally, there were only 38 winners in all categories for grades K-12 and we have two winners from Pink Hill Elementary and Lenoir County Public Schools,” said Brenda Griffin, a Pink Hill teacher who championed the AMVETS contest. “We are so proud of these two students!”
Eli is now a sixth grader at Woodington Middle School. Keetin is in the fifth grade at Pink Hill.
As part of the Americanism Program sponsored by AMVETS, a national service organization that advocates for military veterans, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Pink Hill were given the opportunity to enter the contest. They each created a poster around the theme “What the Flag Means to Me” and wrote a 50-word essay on that theme.
On Nov. 5, all North Carolina winners were invited to Raleigh to participate in a presentation ceremony at the WRAL TV studio. Students were presented with certificates of recognition and the segment was taped for a later broadcast. Winners were given a tour of the studio, were able to sit at the news desk and “report” the news and were allowed to be the weatherman for the day.
“It was a special day for some special students and we could not be prouder of their hard work and accomplishments,” Griffin said.
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