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Plum City poppy poster and essay winners recognized

The Plum City Middle School band, under the direction of Mike Bonn, performed at the Plum City Memorial Day program in Spring Pond Park, along with several high school musicians. Photo courtesy of Judi Brunner

Submitted by Judi Brunner

American Legion Post #365 hosted a Memorial Day program at Spring Pond Park in Plum City Monday, May 28 after visiting local cemeteries, the Plum City High School memorial and Plum City Care Center.

The Plum City Middle School band and several high school musicians played at the pond under the direction of Mike Bonn.

The Legion Auxiliary provided a "free will" donation lunch. A Remembrance Tree, decorated with poppies and personal notes, was also added this year.

The program included awards given to Poppy Poster winners. The posters have been displayed around town and returned to the students. Winners included:

4K: Emma Hassing, Bella Smith, Brooklyn Zeilinger

Kindergarten: Nolan Bartsh, Jay-Jay Oberg, Zoey Start

Grade 1: Hannah Bechel, Noah McKay, Bree Richardson

Grade 2: Seth Holmstadt, Serlyn Nunez, Brooke Biederman

Grade 3: Riley Bechel, Timothy Peterson, Maggie Bechel

Grade 4: Ben Hassing, Gianna Holmstadt, Lizbeth Henn

Grade 5: Keely Baum, Jack Bechel, Olivia Pullen

Grade 6: Adelaide Ries, Brett Lifto, Mallory Thomas

Grade 7: Carter Benson (District Choice), Colton Coss, Ally Gilles.

Poppy Poster Co-Chairs are Lisa Roberts and Cita Pichler.

Americanism Essays were written by third-grader Timothy Peterson, fourth-grader Gianna

Holmstadt, fifth-grader Rusty Ries, sixth-grader Parker Bechel, seventh-grader Grace Hinrichs, eighth-grader Colton Coss, freshman Natalie Mark, sophomore Hannah White and junior Mackenzie Wieser. Hinrichs' and Mark's essays were read at the program. Essays written by Holmstadt, Ries, Hinrichs, Mark and Wieser were sent to the state competition. The theme for this year's essay is "What can I do to promote Americanism in my school or community?"

The Auxiliary, Post #365 scholarship was awarded to Jasmine Bylander, the daughter of Jamie and Chris Bylander. She will be attending the University of Central Missouri to study international business with an art emphasis.