The 2021 All Veterans Tribute Student Essay Contest Winners Are…

Posted on Nov 5, 2021

235 students in participating area schools submitted essays for this year’s All Veterans Tribute Student Essay Contest organized by Visit Emporia. The contest was held virtually for the second year and open to students in grades 5-12 in Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage and Wabaunsee counties. The topic was “My Duty on Veterans Day.” A volunteer panel of judges made up of veterans and community volunteers, determined the winners. Winning entries will receive cash prizes for their essay.

A video presentation announcing the winners is posted on Visit Emporia’s Facebook page. This year’s winners are:

5th Grade

1st place: Thomas Arnold – Olpe Elementary
2nd place: Collin Pankratz – Timmerman Elementary
3rd place: Lahna Passmore – Chase County Elementary

6th Grade

1st place: Gradey Pimple – Olpe Elementary
2nd place: Wren Burton – Chase County Elementary
3rd place: Bianca Jones – Chase County Elementary

7th Grade

1st place: Adrianna Sieberns – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
2nd place: Levi Heins – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
3rd place: Reece Johnson – Olpe Jr./Sr. High

8th Grade

1st place: Eli Markowitz – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
2nd place: Hagen Wellnitz – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
3rd place: Brayden Lienemann – Olpe Jr./Sr. High

9th Grade

1st place: Addison Wigton – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
2nd place: Lindsey Neussen – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
3rd place: Garret Hammond – Olpe Jr./Sr. High

10th Grade

1st place: Jade Smith – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
2nd place: Faith Dedmon – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
3rd place: Brody Cole – Olpe Jr./Sr. High

11th Grade

1st place: Connor Kueser – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
2nd place: Makayla Linden – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
3rd place: Ava Clark – Olpe Jr./Sr. High

12th Grade

1st place: Addy Scheve – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
2nd place: Tristen Fell – Olpe Jr./Sr. High
3rd place: Taylor Cole – Olpe Jr./Sr. High