Carmel, IN – The City of Carmel honored veterans at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony today at noon at The Tarkington Theater at The Center for The Performing Arts. Mayor Jim Brainard was joined by keynote speaker Brigadier General James L. Bauerle, the Carmel Elementary School Choir and the Actors Theater of Indiana “Andrews Sisters.” The winners of the Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contests were also recognized at the ceremony. Students from local elementary schools took part in the Poster Contest, while Middle School and High School students were asked to participate in the Essay Contest. This year’s theme was “Freedom Isn’t Free.”
Finalists for the poster contest were chosen by grade level from each participating school. Board members of the Carmel Arts Council selected one citywide winner in each grade from among the entries. The winning posters were chosen based on best representation of the theme, focus on veterans and creativity. The winning posters were displayed at the City’s Veterans Day Ceremony and each student received a certificate of achievement from the Mayor. The finalist posters are on display at the Monon Center at Central Park until Tuesday, November 13th. A list of Carmel Veterans Day Poster Contest winners as well as images of their posters can be found on the city’s website at www.CarmelVeteransDay.org.
The winners of the “Freedom Isn’t Free” Poster contest are as follows:
1st Grade: Grant Ramsey, Prairie Trace Elementary
2nd Grade: Lily Walton, Carmel Elementary
3rd Grade: Matthew Dimond, West Clay Elementary
4th Grade: Marya Holtzlander, Towne Meadow Elementary
5th Grade: Suhas Chundi, Towne Meadow Elementary
The panel of judges from Veterans Organizations chose the winning essays based on best representation of the theme, focus on veterans, strength of message, and proper use of grammar. Students were invited to read their winning essays during the ceremony, and each received a certificate of achievement from the Mayor. A list of the Carmel Veterans Day Essay Contest winners can be found on the city’s website at www.CarmelVeteransDay.org.
The winners of the “Freedom Isn’t Free” Essay contest are as follows:
6th Grade: Katie Glas, Clay Middle School
7th Grade: Isabella Simons, Clay Middle School
8th Grade: Ryan Greaser, Clay Middle School
Sophomore: Matthew Del Busto, Carmel High School
“I am very pleased with the quality and depth of the posters and essays honoring our veterans. This year’s theme helped students think about the sacrifices made by others to maintain their freedoms. By looking at the posters, and hearing the meaningful messages of the essays, it is obvious that these students understand what it means to be a veteran and the importance of thanking those who have served our country,” said Mayor Jim Brainard.