Students Lead the Veterans Day Assembly

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Students Lead the Veterans Day Assembly

Slone Sower, Staff Writer

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The whole gym filled to the brim with red, white and blue. On November 9, all students and faculty honored the U.S. Veterans with an assembly. The assembly had many events including a performance by the eighth-grade choir, a presentation by a group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders, a speech by Mr. Aaron Lense, veteran and 6-1math teacher, about his experience and a reading of original poems from different students. All students had a chance to participate in the assembly. Even if they weren’t doing a presentation, they could still wear red, white, or blue. Veterans were invited to attend the assembly and be recognized.

An Honor Flight representative was there to accept a check that the students and teachers raised during Halloween a costume contest. Teachers wore a costume to school on Oct. 30 and students could put money in the teacher’s bin that they liked the most. The teacher with the most money in his or her bin won. Students were also encouraged to wear a costume on Halloween.  However, if they were in costume, they needed to donate one dollar to The Honor Flight.

The eighth-grade chorus class started the assembly with a performance of both The Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America directed by Mrs. Elizabeth Rowland, chorus teacher. The Star-Spangled Banner was written after Maryland Fort was bombed during the War of 1812. God Bless America was written by Irving Berlin during World War I in 1918. Griffin Queen, an eighth-grade choir student, said, “It was hard learning the songs at first, but after a couple days we got the hang of it. I was nervous at first because there were a lot of people, but then I got excited because I wanted to show people what we work so hard to do.”

A group of students from each grade level gave presentations on the different military branches. A presentation was done on the Marines, Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard. “I did a presentation on the US Army, and I was very nervous because there were a lot of people there,” said Kennedy Baioni, eighth grader. “Even though I was nervous I was still very happy that I did a presentation because it was a great way to honor the veterans,” said Baioni.

Mr. Lense usually gave a talk about his time and experience in The Air Force. This year Mr. Lense’s speech focused more on how he got there, and the people he met along the way. Mr. Lense served for four years. “I didn’t do much to prepare for the speech besides write down seven bullet points that I wanted to cover. I thought that if I wrote something directly and practiced in front of people it would seem too scripted, and I just wanted to tell a story,” said Mr. Lense.

Near the end of the assembly, several eighth grade students read poems that they had written in honor of the veterans. Bianca Hemsath, eighth grader said, “I wanted to write a poem about the veterans because I have relatives who served, and I want more than anything to honor and say thank you to them. I feel that the veterans are very underappreciated for all the bravery and amazing things they do to protect this country.” This is the first-time students have done this. Hemsath said that she was nervous because there were veterans there, and she wanted to impress them and make them happy.

An Honor Flight representative was there to accept a check that the students and teachers raised during Halloween a costume contest. Teachers wore a costume to school on Oct. 30 and students could put money in the teacher’s bin that they liked the most. The teacher with the most money in his or her bin won. Students were also encouraged to wear a costume on Halloween.  However, if they were in costume, they needed to donate one dollar to The Honor Flight. Mr. Michael Howton, Principal, presented the check for $234.00. The Honor Flight is an organization that flies veterans to see the memorials of the war they fought in for free.

“The Veterans Day Assembly very successful,” said Bailey Gabbard, eighth grader. The Veterans Day Assembly is an annual event held to honor the US veterans. “It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

 

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