Congratulations to winners of the
2016 Pueblo Home of Heroes Essay Contest!

For the 8th year, the Pueblo Home of Heroes Association sponsored and Essay Contest in Pueblo area schools. This year the theme was “Of the Living Medal of Honor recipients, which do you admire the most and why?” It was created to help students learn more about the living Medal of Honor recipients, some of whom might be coming to Pueblo in 2017 for their national convention. 364 students participated. The awards ceremony was held the evening of Wednesday, March 16, at the Rawlings Library. A special guest at the Awards Ceremony was Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Donald E. “Doc” Ballard. Several of the students had written essays about Ballard and they received autographed citation cards. First, second and third place essays received cash prizes as well as certificates and a Pueblo Home of Heroes challenge coin. Honorable mention entries received a certificate and challenge coin. A special thank you to all the students who participated and to the teachers and parents for their encouragement to participate.

We are proud to present this year’s winners

L-R; Front row: Tyler Austin- Highland Park, Nicholas Schmitz- Belmont Elementary, Collin Velbis-Daystar Christian School ,Eli Schwartz- Corwin International Magnet School ,Sara DeHeart – Sunset Park, Jordan Vela – Cesar Chavez Academy, Jacquelynn Dernier – Sunset Park, Aiden Bennett – Sunset Park t, Joseph Sandoval – Sunset Park.
L-R Second row : Grant Velbis – Daystar Christian School, Isaac Elliss- Centennial High, Makayla Ayala – Roncalli STEM Academy, Carlie Sweckard – Corwin International Magnet School, Cailey Sweckard -South High, MOH Don “Doc” Ballard, Brett Hund – Centennial High, Michael Bui – Centennial High, Dianne Anderson – Centennial High, Diego Luevano – Heroes K-8 Academy, Mailee Holley -Highland Park Elementary, Zack McDaniel-Garduno – East High.


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