Nearly two-dozen middle school and high school students were honored Nov. 12 as winners of the Clarksville Kiwanis Club’s 2019 essay contest winners. 

The 23 students were among 5,000 Clarksville-Montgomery County middle and high school students who participated in the 2019 Kiwanis Club of Clarksville’s annual essay contest to honor veterans. 

Students from Fort Campbell High School, Clarksville Academy and the Middle College also participated in the annual contest. 

The Clarksville Kiwanis Club recognized the winning students, veterans, teachers and parents with its annual awards luncheon. 

Per the essay instructions, the students were tasked with answering the question, “How can understanding the service of (veteran’s name) influence and benefit my generation?”

Each winning student read an excerpt from his or her essay at the luncheon, received a cash award and a plaque.  

This year’s high school grand-prize winner was Clarksville High School’s Isabella “Bella” Sullivan, daughter of Dennis and Karen Sullivan. 

The middle school grand-prize winner was Clarksville Academy’s Anna Hellums, daughter of Lt. Col. Josh and Deborah Hellums. 

Both grand-prize winners received an extra $100 prize and have the honor of a United States flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, courtesy of Congressman Mark Green, of Clarksville. 

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