Long Beach Middle School eighth graders participated in the "What the American Flag Means to Me" essay contest, sponsored by the American Legion Post 972, under the guidance of teachers Greg Cody and Daniel Cook. Four students earned top awards and monetary prizes.
Edwin O’Toole achieved first place for his essay, which describes his family members’ service to the country and the significance of the flag’s colors and design. Second place went to Ana Ramirez Angulo, who wrote about her experience moving to the United States from Costa Rica. Samantha Alolor and Daniel Defonte both received third place distinctions. Samantha noted the opportunities that the flag signifies, such as getting an education. Daniel shared his thoughts on freedom and expressed appreciation for military servicemen and servicewomen.
Although the Flag Day Ceremony at which they would have read their essays was cancelled, the district is proud to congratulate these outstanding writers.