Jonesboro VFW Post 4317 Announces 2022 Award Winners

All-American Edwin Brown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4317 and its Auxiliary has announced the 2022 winners for of its annual Outstanding Paramedic Award, Outstanding Firefighter Award, Teachers of the Year and Patriotic Art and Essay Student Competition.

This past week VFW Post 4317 Commander Philip Lawrence recognized Sandra Kay Caldwell of the Jackson Parish Ambulance Service District as Outstanding Paramedic with Troy Mason being given the Fire Fighter Award.

Ms. LaJulia Blankenship (Jonesboro-Hodge Elementary), Ms. Brandi Hasley (Quitmannorth hodge assembly vfw Junior High), and Ms. Haley Stapes (Weston High School) were honored as Teachers of the Year and 15 local students from Jonesboro-Hodge Elementary, Quitman High School and Weston High School along with North Hodge Assembly representative Kase Mathews (shown on right) received awards for placing in local, district and state essay and art competition.

2022 VFW Patriotic Competition Winners

Louisiana State Competition

2nd – Emily Gilbert (J-H Elementary)
3rd – Saniyah Saulsberry (Weston)

District Competition (Northeast Louisiana)

1st – Saniyah Saulsberry (Weston)
1st – Emily Gilbert (J-H Elementary)
1st – Kinleigh Harvey (Weston)
2nd – Bently Roncal (Quitman)
3rd – Miriam Shuler (Weston)

Local Competition (Jackson Parish)

Americanism competition (Elementary patriotic art or essay)

Category I (Kindergarten)
1st – Bently Roncal (Quitman)
2nd – Kase Mathews (North Hodge Assembly)
3rd – Emma Magee (Weston)

Category II (1 st & 2nd Grade)
1st – Miriam Shuler (Weston)
2nd – Gabe Gates (Weston)
3rd – Mia Gonzalez (Quitman) 

Category III (3rd & 4th Grade)
1 st – Saniyah Saulsberry (Weston)
2nd – Corey Mixon (Weston)
3rd – Kaden Palmer (Jonesboro-Hodge)

Category IV (5th Grade)
1st – Emily Gilbert (Jonesboro-Hodge)
2nd – Audrina Martin (Quitman)
3rd – Evie Delaney (Weston)

Patriot’s Pen competition (Junior High essay)

1st – Taylor Borland (Quitman)
2nd – Cherish Lard (Quitman)
3rd – Kari Gates (Weston)

Voice of Democracy competition (High School essay)

1st – Kinleigh Harvey (Weston)

WHS Patriotic Competition Winners:
Front (l-r): Emma McGee, Gabe Gates, Corey Mixon Back (l-r): VFW Post Commander Philip Lawrence, Kinleigh Harvey, Ms. Haley Staples, Saniyah Saulsberry, WHS Principal Ritchie Tolar Not shown: Miriam Shuler, Evie Delaney, Kari Gates.

QHS Patriotic Competition Winners
(l-r): VFW Post Commander Lawrence, Bently Roncal, Mia Gonzalez, Audrina Martin, Taylor Borland, Cherish Lard, and Ms. Brandi Hasley.

J-HES Patriotic Competition Winners
(l-r): VFW Post Commander Lawrence, Emily Gilbert, Kaden Palmer, Ms. LaJulia Blankenship, Assistant Principal Jacob Barron.

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