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Americanism Essay Award Winners


The Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks annually offers an Americanism Essay Contest.  The theme for this year was, “What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?”   The essay contest is open to students in the 5th through 8th grades. Florence Elks Lodge #1858 sponsors the local competition and invites student participation. 
The winning authors and their proud family members attended dinner and awards presentation at the Florence Elks Lodge on Thursday, February 20th. First place winner Daelyn McGee, second place winner Gaby Galen and third place winner Jay B Noel attend Reedsport Community Charter School. Teacher Charisa Hixenbaugh, Reedsport Community Charter School, was also recognized.  These winning essays will be judged at the State Americanism Essay competition in April.  

From left to right: Chair Spunky Gray, Teacher Charisa Hixenbaugh, Gaby Galen, Jay Noel,

Daelyn McGee, Exalted Ruler Karen Smales.

Freedom is not free