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Canyon Ridge School Students Recognized by Veterans of Foreign Wars
Canyon Ridge recognized by Veterans organizationCongratulations to the following Canyon Ridge School middle level winners of the 2021-2022 Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen Essay Contest. These students received certificates and cash prizes from our friends at Julius W. Brown Post - VFW 2135 in Peoria, Arizona on the evening of December 8, 2021. All participants had generated a thought provoking essay, in their social studies and language arts classes, regarding the prompt “How Can I Be A Good American?”.
Winners were selected from an overall field of 143 contest entries. First place winner, seventh grade student Brystol Montano, will now represent the Dysart Unified School District in the upcoming VFW District Three level competition. Second place was secured by seventh grade learner, Ainsley Kavanaugh. A third place showing was awarded to seventh grade student Tabitha Reusch.
Additionally, two Canyon Ridge School educators won the VFW Teacher of the Year Award for excellence and received a certificate, a VFW computer bag and a cash prize. The elementary school winner for grades K- 5 was fourth grade educator Mrs. Dianna Morgan. The middle school teacher of the year, grades 6-8 was presented to seventh grade science teacher, Mrs. Lacey Merritt. 
Principal Jill Hoppe accepted the award on Mrs. Morgan's behalf. Canyon Ridge School  also received a certificate of recognition for outstanding participation in the annual contest which was presented to social studies teacher, Christopher J. Raso. This campus has provided winning entries for the competition over the past twelve years and sponsors a number of annual patriotic programs that highlight the importance of Veterans, the United States Constitution, and Patriot’s Day.
In all, VFW Post 2135 awarded over $1,000 in prizes to Canyon Ridge students and staff.  We were honored to have served as the pilot school with VFW Post 2135 this academic year. We look forward to seeing the program expand to other district sites in the near future. We remain very appreciative of the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their brave patriotic service and the continued support of our Social Studies program at our school.
Posted : 12/13/2021 | Direct Link
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