Veterans program brings out Nevis kids’ creativity

Art, music and essay writing were featured in the Nov. 11 program at the Nevis School.

Nevis School students exchange waves with veterans of each branch of the U.S. armed forces at the end of the school's Veterans Day program on Nov. 11, 2022.
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Students’ art, music and essay writing were part of a Veterans Day celebration Nov. 11 at the Nevis School.

The chamber choir opened the program by singing “The Star Spangled Banner” while a Star of the North U.S. Marine Corps League honor guard saluted the flag.

Winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy essay contest were recognized, with Anna Crimmins receiving first place Serenity (“Ellie”) Miller receiving second place.

Teacher Melinda Mowder, serving as emcee, explained that the essay contest has been the VFW’s premier scholarship program since 1947, with about 80,000 high school students competing annually for nearly $2 million in scholarships. This year’s theme was “Why is the veteran important?” Molly Lindow read Crimmins’s winning essay.

“Veterans come from all walks of life and have stepped up when the country needed them most,” Lindow read. “Whatever their reason for joining, these American citizens offered their lives to serve, giving up a great deal, and should be thanked and honored.”


Crimmins’ essay went on to say that serving is more than wearing a uniform. “It is leadership traits that often make individual veterans stand out,” she wrote. “A veteran is important because, no matter how scary or how many sacrifices they had individually, they put it aside and they did serve.”

Students Grace Gilmore, Gracyn Richter, Annabelle Bolster and Allee Forbes were awarded $25 gift certificates from Star of the North Commander Dave Free as winners of a patriotic art contest at four grade levels.

To conclude the program, veterans of each branch of the U.S. armed forces lined up the length of Tiger Arena and exchanged waves with a parade of students.

Patriotic fervor swelled at the Menahga High School (MHS) gym Wednesday morning as students, staff, community members and area veterans collaborated for the annual Veterans Day program.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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