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City of Carmel Honors Veterans

City of Carmel Honors Veterans

Post Date:11/10/2016
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City of Carmel
One Civic Square Carmel, IN 46032


Date: November 10, 2016
Contact: Nancy Heck (317) 571-2494
Release: Immediate

City of Carmel Honors Veterans

Carmel, IN
– The City of Carmel honored veterans Thursday, November 10th at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at The Tarkington Theater at The Center for The Performing Arts. Mayor Jim Brainard was joined by keynote speaker Will Ellery, National VFW Teacher of the Year & Carmel High School Teacher; speaker John Govin, Carmel Police Department, U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard; the Carmel Elementary School Choir; Carmel American Legion Post 155 & Carmel VFW Post 10003; and the Actors Theatre 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 “Respect, Honor & Gratitude.”
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. They were displayed at the City’s Veterans Day Ceremony and each student received a certificate of achievement from Mayor Brainard. The finalist posters are up for viewing at the Monon Community Center on the second floor’s main hallway until Monday, November 14th. 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

The winners of the “Respect, Honor & Gratitude” Poster contest are as follows:
  • Kindergarten: Savannah Badger, Forest Dale Elementary School
  • 1st Grade: Josie Jack, Carmel Elementary School
  • 2nd Grade: Maren Sander, Forest Dale Elementary School
  • 3rd Grade: Aashrith Goli, Towne Meadow Elementary School
  • 4th Grade: Erin Suhy, Carmel Elementary School
  • 5th Grade: Summer Roberts, Carmel Elementary School

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 Mayor Brainard. A list of the Carmel Veterans Day Essay Contest winners can be found on the city’s website at
The winners of the “Respect, Honor & Gratitude” Essay contest are as follows:
  • 6th Grade (Tie): Calista Anderson, Clay Middle School
  • 6th Grade (Tie): Lauren Burley, Clay Middle School
  • 6th Grade (Tie): Cooper Tilson, Clay Middle School
  • 7th Grade: Daniel Tanner, Clay Middle School
  • 8th Grade (Tie): Gabi Stigter, Clay Middle School
  • 8th Grade (Tie): Joanna Thornburg, Clay Middle School
  • 12th Grade: Abigail Leonard, Carmel High School

Poster contest winners in grades K-5 received $50 each and essay contest winners in grade 6-12 received $100 each, courtesy of PNC Bank.

“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.

Each veteran in attendance received a gift, courtesy of American Structurepoint. Vietnam Veterans also received a commemorative pin to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense, the City of Carmel is a member of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration program. Beginning this past March, the city agreed to conduct two programs a year, over the next three years, to recognize the Vietnam Veterans in our community.

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