WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) proudly announces the winners of its 11th annual Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest: Maria Gonzalez Ibar from Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, VA, is the grand prize winner in the poster category, and Lindsey Arruda from Somerset Middle School in Somerset, MA, is the grand prize winner in the essay category.
Gonzalez is a fourth-grade student at Patrick Henry Elementary School and Arruda is a seventh-grade student at Somerset Middle School. As part of their prize, Paralyzed Veterans will host the students and a family member or guardian in Washington, DC, for Veterans Day, where they will attend the Veterans Day National Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery and receive their awards later that day at Paralyzed Veterans of America’s annual Veterans Day reception.
“We thank all of this year’s participants in the contest and extend congratulations to Maria and Lindsey on their winning poster and essay submissions,” said Al Kovach, national president of Paralyzed Veterans of America. “We received more than 800 entries this year, but these two entries stood out above the rest and really captured on paper what people can learn from veterans.”
This year’s contest theme was What Can I Learn from a Veteran? Using their own words images, and creativity, children were asked to share what they feel they can learn from a veteran. The poster contest was open to students in grades 1-4, and the essay contest was open to students in grades 5-8.
Paralyzed Veterans launched the nationwide contest 11 years ago as a way to actively involve the nation’s youth in celebration of Veterans Day and to promote greater awareness of America’s 26 million veterans and the sacrifices they have made to ensure the freedoms we enjoy daily.
To learn more about the contest and view this year’s winning entries, visit www.pva.org/posteressay.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (www.pva.org)