Home of Heros Essay Contest

Congratulations to our 2016 Winners!

“Of the living Medal of Honor recipients, which do you admire the most and why?”
The Pueblo Home of Heroes Association, in cooperation with the Pueblo City-County Library
District, is pleased to announce the winners of its 8th Pueblo Home of Heroes Association essay contest.

The following guidelines were required:

All entries must be typed.

Elementary School level – grades 4 and 5; 300-500 words.

Middle School level – grades 6–8; 400-700 words.

High School level – grades 9–12; 500-1,000 words.

There were a total of 364 entries - 266 elementary school level, 61 middle school level and 37 high school level.

Winners

Elementary School


1st Place Nicholas Schmitz –Belmont Elementary School – Mrs. Espinoza

2nd Place Eli Schwartz – Corwin International Magnet School – Ms. Quinn

3rd Place Aiden Bennett – Sunset Park Elementary School – Mrs. Sweckard

Honorable Mention Tyler Austin– Highland Park Elementary School – Mrs. Turner

Honorable Mention Sara DeHeart – Sunset Park Elementary School – Mrs. Sweckard

Honorable Mention Jordan Vela – Cesar Chavez Academy – Mr. Rael

Don Ballard essay Jacquelynn Dernier – Sunset Park Elementary School – Mrs. Galli

Don Ballard essay Joseph Sandoval – Sunset Park Elementary School – Mrs. Galli

Middle School

1st Place Carlie Sweckard – Corwin International Magnet School – Ms. Nickell

2nd Place Collin Velbis – Daystar Christian School – Mrs. Velbis

3rd Place Makayla Ayala – Roncalli STEM Academy – Ms. Vivoda

Honorable Mention Mailee Holley – Highland Park Elementary – Mrs. Cahill

Honorable Mention Diego Luevano – Heroes K-8 Academy – Ms. Webster

Honorable Mention Grant Velbis– Daystar Christian School – Mrs. Velbis

High School

1st Place Cailey Sweckard – South High School – Ms. Abraham

2nd Place Michael Bui – Centennial High School – Major John Freeburg

3rd Place Zack McDaniel-Garduno – East High School – Mr. LeMasters

Honorable Mention Brett Hund – Centennial High School – Major John Freeburg

Don Ballard essay Dianne Anderson – Centennial High School – Chief Bell

Don Ballard essay Isaac Elliss – Centennial High School – Major John Freeburg