With nine awards up for grabs, the Copperas Cove Independent School District proved to be a worthy competitor at the District 14 VFW meeting in Marble Falls on Saturday.

The school district captured more than half of the places, the highest number of winners the VFW Post 8577 and Ladies Auxiliary has ever had at the district level, said Tom Duchateau.

He headed up this year’s local contests, which drew more than 60 entries.

Natalie Honts of S.C. Lee Junior High was named the District 14 VFW Teacher of the Year.

S.C. Lee student Joshua Cadmartori also won first place in the Patriot’s Pen category. Neither Cadmartori nor Honts will advance to the state contests because their competition ends at the district level.

Cadmartori’s essay, entitled “Patriotism in All of Us,” discussed different ways to show patriotism, including supporting military service members.

“Reaching out to them by sending letters or care packages are ways to be patriotic. Its not hard to do because they inspire us and we see them as heroes,” Cadmartori wrote. “To say the pledge (of allegiance) and mean it in our hearts is patriotic.”

Copperas Cove High School had the second and third place winners in the Voice of Democracy contest.

Ethan Becker of Belton High School won first place and will advance to the state competition.

“What amazed me the most was the way these young people assertively entered into the contest. You could feel the passion in their voices as they read their essays,” Duchateau said.

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Cove winners in District 14 VFW contests:

VFW Teacher of the Year--Natalie Honts, S.C. Lee Junior High School

Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

1st Place--Joshua Cademartori, S.C. Lee Junior High School

2nd Place--Noah Luna, S.C. Lee Junior High School

Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

2nd place--Makensi Holt, Copperas Cove High School

3rd place--Emily Myers, Copperas Cove High School

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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