Lockhart Schools honors veterans
Derik Vanderford Staff Writer
LOCKHART — The students of Lockhart Schools presented “A Tribute to Our Veterans” on Friday.
Lockhart Schools Principal Betsy Trakas said the school hosts the Veterans Day program each year.
“We think it’s important to take time to learn about veterans’ contributions and to remember them, honor them, and show appreciation for them,” Trakas said.
The program began with a welcome from seventh grader Christian McLaren, which was followed by the presentation of the colors by Jason Millwood and Korbin Fowler. The Pledge of Allegiance was then led by fifth grade students K.J. McCluney, Makayla Parris, Macayla Sinclair, Isaiah Massey, Halle Brannon, Sarah Rowland, Matthew Briggs, Brandon Millwood, and Cierra Goldman. “The Star Spangled Banner” was led by second and third grade students.
Then, Student Council President Justin Brannon delivered a message on behalf of the student body, and kindergarten and firstst grade students sang “America.”
A special presentation called “Who Am I?” was given by Brittany Peterson, Gracie Crocker, Chandler Northern, Katie Blackmon, Cameron Gill, Parker Northern, Zack Fowler, Abby Brannon, Coby Roberts, Jonathan Gore, Brina Childers and Kaitlyn Parks. The fourth and fifth grade students then sang “This Land Is Your Land.”
English teacher Susan W. Smith and art teacher Tammy McKnight then recognized the winners of the school’s Veterans Day Essay Contest and Poster Contest. Essay contest winners were Katie Blackmon, Tayla Smith, and Dalton Vinson; poster contest winners were Landrie Seeman, Cody Gaston, and Jaryn Cudd. The Middle School Chorus then sang “A Patriotic Salute.”
An Armed Forces Medley was then played, with students carrying flags representing each branch of the military. Students lined the aisle ways with the flags, and veterans in attendance were asked to stand as their branch of service was recognized.
Next was a Powerpoint presentation displaying photos of veterans, along with the names of students or faculty/staff members to which the veterans were related.
Before reading “Eulogy For a Veteran,” Brittany Peterson announced the school wanted to honor the memories of two veterans — I.G. Vanderford and Bill McLeod.
“Every year, two veterans were always seen at the Lockhart School Veterans Day celebration,” Peterson said, adding that Vanderford and McLeod were always willing to help with whatever was needed.
After Peterson ready “Eulogy For a Veteran,” a moment of silence was observed, followed by the playing of “Taps.”
The final song of the program was “God Bless America,” and closing remarks were given by eighth grader Gage Sanders. A reception for veterans and their guests immediately followed the program in the school’s media center.
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