All Saints middle school student Chloe Davies and her language arts teacher Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne were overjoyed when they learned that Chloe’s essay for the American Legion Middle School Essay Contest won at the district level. This was the first year that All Saints students participated in the contest through American Legion Post 10 in Manassas. When they learned the news that Chloe’s essay on the writing prompt, “I Like Living in America Because …” was selected as the winning entry for the state of Virginia, they were ecstatic.
In a gathering before All Saints students and faculty, Commander Toni Barber from American Legion Post 10 presented Chloe with a certificate, pin and award to mark this special achievement. Commander Barber also gave recognition to All Saints middle school language arts teacher Mrs. DeBruyne for her work in introducing the contest at All Saints. The event was a homecoming for Commander Barber whose daughter is an All Saints alumnus. At the end of the award presentation, Chloe read her essay which highlighted the experience of her father coming to America, and the joy of living in a “land of opportunity” with freedom at its core.
Congratulations to Chloe Davies on receiving this recognition, and for sharing her gift of writing and love of country. Our sincere thanks to American Legion Post 10 for their continued support of our school, and Post 10 Commander Barber and Gunny Lewis for making the award presentation a memorable event for our entire student body.