Marshall Student Wins State American Legion Essay Contest

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.American Legion State Winner

“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.

Hometown American Idol Star Visits Grace Miller Elementary

On March 29, students at Grace Miller attended their first school-wide assembly since 2020, and boy, did they make up for lost time! Students and staff alike were treated to an inspiring performance by Mike Parker, American Idol singer and graduate of Fauquier County Public Schools.

As expected, the performer wowed his audience with his beautiful vocals. But it was Mike’s words of encouragement that made an equally strong impact on the crowd. “Don’t let anybody tell you that you aren’t good enough,” he said. “Your teachers love you.”

“People are going to tell you no. They’re going to disagree with you, but guess what? They haven’t read your book, and you haven’t finished writing your book. Finish that book.” ~Mike Parker

And to top the event off, Miller Elementary staff and students enjoyed hearing Mike’s mother sing. The talented Dr. Dejuanna Parker worked as a long-time teacher for Fauquier County Public Schools. The duo was joined on stage by Xavier, a Grace Miller student, and adoring fan. 

Mike has secured a spot in the American Idol’s Top 24 and will continue to compete in Hawaii. Be sure to follow and vote for Mike!


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