Sixth-Graders win Hometown Hero Essay Contest

Sixth-Graders win Hometown Hero Essay Contest photo
Four Pulaski Street sixth-graders were recently recognized as winners of the 13th annual Hometown Heroes Essay contest held by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead in memory of Vietnam War veteran Garfield M. Langhorn. 

The students-winners, Avrie Wirth, Zachary Lull, Caden Lesiewicz and Jessica Martinez, were presented with their awards at an annual ceremony on Oct. 20 attended by Mr. Langhorn’s mother, Mary Langhorn, members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 11, members of the First Baptist Church and the Patriot Guard Riders. 

The annual contest asked students to pen an essay based on the question, “How can you be a hero in your everyday life?” As part of the contest, which aims to keep the memory of Mr. Langhorn alive, students learned about the meaning of the word, hero and the life and heroism of Mr. Langhorn, who is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. 

The essays were judged by community members and members of the Garfield M. Langhorn Memorial Committee of the First Baptist Church in Riverhead.