R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grader Amelia Larkin was named a winner in an essay contest held in celebration of Veterans Day.
Titled “Red, Write and Blue,” the contest, sponsored by Genser, Dubow, Genser & Cona Elder Law Counselors, called for students to draft essays on either “What America Means to Me” or “My Military Hero.” Amelia’s essay on the latter theme, which she drafted in her social studies class with teacher John Black, centered on her uncle Kevin, who has served in both the Navy and Army. In her piece, she noted, “I hope that someday I could be like him, inspiring people and being a hero to America.”
As an award winner, Amelia was honored during the Salute to Veterans: An Inter-Generational Heroes’ Celebration at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook.
“Our district always embraces the opportunity for our students to see Veterans Day as a chance to recognize past and present individuals in order to remember what has been done in the country to keep us free,” said Dr. Paul Gold, K-12 director for social studies. “Students like Amelia embody the dedication and commitment to citizenship we hope to instill in all our scholars.”