Freedom Festival Essay WINNER

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Article: Amy Darrington Photo: Ernie Thornton
Jesus Ponce

We are delighted to announce that our very own Jesus Ponce, a recent 6th grade graduate of Rees Elementary, was awarded the Freedom Award in the 2017 Freedom Festival Essay Contest.  This is the highest award given in each age category.  An excerpt from his speech reads "I am a proud American born from a Mexican heritage.   Thanks to this country,  my parents have a good life. I am very thankful for the sacrifice of every veteran. In America we are cared for by the government. This is what freedom means to me. I love this country and I will always honor the people who died for it."    We are so proud of Jesus!!!