Mount Pleasant Elks present Americanism essay awards

  • Thursday, June 13, 2013

Elks and students (from left) Rodly Millet (Elks trustee and Americanism chair), Caroline Vail, Mac Blakeney, Adam Deering, Kay Vierra (Elks secretary) and Gordon Hanson (Elks president). PHOTO PROVIDED

The Mount Pleasant Lodge 2867 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks USA presented awards to students of Coastal Christian Preparatory School. The students were finalists in the Americanism Essay contest held by the S.C. State Elks Association. Each Elks Lodge in the state was asked to collect essays from the schools in their area – read, grade and submit the top three essays for fifth tough sixth grades and seventh trough eighth grades to the state association. The theme of the essay: “What the Star Spangled Banner Means to Me.”

The Mount Pleasant Lodge collected almost 100 essays from three schools. Out of the six essays selected as finalists, four were from Coastal Christian Prep. At their awards ceremony, these students received a framed certificate and an American Flag lapel pin. The finalists were, Sarah Woodberry (eighth grade), Adam Deering (fifth grade), Mac Blakeney (fifth grade) and Caroline Vail (fifth grade), who was not only a finalist, but was awarded first place at the state level for fifth through sixth grades. She was also awarded a Barnes and Noble gift card.

The Mount Pleasant Lodge presented awards to Cario Middle School students at their awards ceremony on June 5.

To learn more about the Mount Pleasant Elks USA, visit them on the web at MtPleasantElks.org.

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