Pueblo Home of Heroes Essay Contest – 2019


The Pueblo Home of Heroes Association in cooperation with the Pueblo City/County Library District announced the winners of the 11th annual Home of Heroes Essay Contest during an award ceremony March 13, 2019 at the Rawlings Library, Ryals Room.

This Year’s theme was:
“What does it mean to you to pledge allegiance to the U.S. Flag?”

We are proud to present this year’s winners

Back row, left to right: Luke Velbis, Lyliah Jaber, Leila Snider, Chase Malespini, Thomas O’Conner, Hailey Ure. Front row left to right: Audrey Schmitz, Leo Styduhar, Jewelianah Bell, Dermot McCarthy. (Not all winners were able to attend the ceremony, see below for a complete list of winners).

2019 Home of Heroes Essay Contest Winners



1st place: Dermot McCarthy – Home School

Teacher Orla O’ Callaghan

2nd Place: Audrey H. Schmitz – Belmont Elementary

Teacher Mrs. Meier

3rd Place: Leo Styduhar – Goodnight Elementary
Teacher Demetrius Casarez

Honorable Mention:

Bear Styduhar – Goodnight Elementary

Teacher Mrs. Thielemeier

Matie Upton – Goodnight Elementary

Teacher Mrs. Oreskovixh

Jewelianah Bell – North Mesa Elementary School

Teacher Rebeca Powell

Landon Michael Sanders – PSAS at Fulton Heights

Teachers Ms. Thomas & Mrs. McLaughlin


1st Place: Leila Snider – Skyview Middle School

Teacher Mrs. Johnson

2nd Place: Hai Nayku Palo Moo – Roncalli STEM Academy

Teacher Krystal Reed

3rd Place: Lyliah Jaber – Roncalli STEM Academy

Teacher Krystal Reed

Honorable Mention:

Luke Velbis – Day Star Christian School

Teacher Mrs. Velbis

Dwayne Gurule – Roncalli STEM Academy

Teacher Krystal Reed


1st Place:  Thomas O’Conner – Pueblo West High School

Teacher LTC Emond

2nd   Place: Chase Malespini – Pueblo West High School

Teacher LTC Emond

3rd Place: Angelica Aguilar Salvador – East High School

Teacher Mr. LeMasters

Honorable Mention:

Blake Boone – Paragon School

Teacher Mrs. Kitchen

Hailey Ure – Pueblo West High School

Teacher LTC Emond

Jayna Summitt – Paragon School

Teacher Mrs. Kitchen

We were very honored to have Pueblo’s new Mayor, Nick Gradisar attending to present the awards to the essay contest winners. Below are the photos of those presentations:

2018 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners


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