On March 24, representatives from the American Legion named eighth-grader Elizabeth Berman as the winner of the American Legion Department of Virginia Middle School Essay contest during an assembly at Marshall Middle School. Berman’s family, fellow students and teachers, and representatives from the American Legion gathered to hear the announcement.
“It was very surprising, and I didn’t expect it. It took me about 20 minutes to process,” Berman said. “I was honored by all of the people who came to help me celebrate. It meant a lot to me.”
Berman first achieved the distinction of Warrenton Post 360 winner, allowing her to advance and be named the 16th District winner. Finally, she was selected as the statewide contest winner.
Berman earned the award with the help and support of her English teacher, Lisa St. Ledger. The two were awarded checks and certificates of recognition according to contest rules.
“Elizabeth is such a hard-working student, and it is wonderful to see such a deserving young lady be honored,” St. Ledger said. “We are grateful to the American Legion for giving students this opportunity to showcase their talents. We are so proud of all of Elizabeth’s accomplishments. ”
The 2021-2022 Middle School Essay Contest “I LIKE LIVING IN AMERICA BECAUSE” was open to all accredited middle school students at participating schools, public, private, or parochial, within the sponsoring jurisdiction of established American Legion Posts in the Department of Virginia.