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Collinsville, Oklahoma
Middle School
Dec. 17, 2003
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Collinsville 7th Grader Shelbi Phelps entered her essay "My Dream For America" in the VFW's Patriot's Pen Competition. Her essay won the Collinsville 7th & 8th grade competition and a $50 check. She also won first place in the VFW's District competition and a $200 check. Shelbi's essay then placed third at the state level and she will receive a $250 savings bond. Her essay is included below. Shelbi is the daughter of Ron and Nancy Phelps of Collinsville.
Shelbi Phelps (right) proudly shows the check and certificate presented by Cleta Jones (left) of the Collinsville Veterans of Foriegn Wars Post #3077 Ladies Auxiliary. The presentation was made Dec. 17th in front of Shelbi's classmates.
The Collinsville Middle School "Students of the Month" for December are (left to right): Back Row: Kaleb Hamilton, Emily Carothers, Evan Grider, and Jenifer Dyer. Front Row: Josh Feeback, Brittni Schmauss, and Justin Hendrix.
These middle schoool students show some of the stocking stuffers collected in their Nov. 17-21 canned food and stocking stuffer drive. The gifts will go to Transitions in Hope. There are (left to right): Jeff James, Kaleb Hamilton, Josh Loftin and Emily Pellitier.
December 2003
CMS Students of the Month
Jenifer Dyer is a sixth grade animal lover who is also a hugh OSU fan. She hopes to someday be a vet. She plays soccer, softball, and basketball and is a cheerleader. She loves to run, and will be in track next year. Jenifer placed 3rd in her age group at the Tulsa Run 5K. She is the daughter of Tim and Sheryl Dyer.
Josh Feeback is the sixth grade son of Jeff and Dorthy Feeback. He is learning to play the guitar, and also likes to play football with his friends at church. He is excited that his family will soon welcome a baby cousin. Josh once helped put out a field fire with a shovel.
Brittni Schmauss loves sports, especially softball and track. This seventh grader is involved with the youth group in her church. She likes all of her teachers at CMS. Her parents are Mike and Tina Schmauss.
Justin Hendrix is a seventh grader who loves acting. He has been in three plays. In two of those plays he played two different characters. He is currently in the play called "Gospel According to Scrooge". Justin has won several school awards, four of which were Student of the Month. He is the son of Robert Hendrix and Julee Hill.
Kaleb Hamilton is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and has been in the CMS Student Council for two years. This seventh grader likes playing sports and hunting. He hopes to someday go to OSU and be an architect. His parents are Mark and Michelle Hamilton.
Emily Carothers is the eight grade daughter of Benny Carothers and Barbara Wall who enjoys playing soccer and volleyball. She is the treasurer for the Collinsville Junior Honor Society. In the past two years, she has earned at least seven school awards.
Evan Grider's hobbies include computers, video games, movies and hanging out with friends. This eighth grader's parents are James and Donna Grider.
The Students of the Month were treated by Cheri's Donuts.
My Dream For America
by Shelbi Phelps
My dream for America is that our great country would continue to be a lighthouse of freedom around the world. We do need a strong defense to be able to protect ourselves in our country and around the world from those who want to take away our freedoms. But we need to have a better usage of our money by taking care of our people and our needs here at home.

Another dream that I have for America is that we could stop hate. Hate is a very bad thing And as a result of hate, people kill and steal and commit other crimes against the innocent, here in this country and around the world. If hate would stop, people would be happier, more people would get along with each other, and as a result we would spend less money on materials of war.

Another of my dreams for America is that there would be homes for the homeless, jobs for the jobless and a strong vibrant economy. For us to send billions of dollars around the world rebuilding and repairing other countries and not providing for our people and their needs is a nightmare.

It is my dream that we respect and protect our country's natural resources. By doing this, we pass on to our next generations the most beautiful and diverse land on earth.

My dream for America is the same dream the settlers had when they came to this new land. The right and freedom to worship as they chose. To not lose sight of the One who has given us all of the things that our great country has to offer. To not forget the words of the constitution and how well it has worked untouched up to this point. There is a verse in the Bible, that says, "Without a vision (or dream), the people perish".

May GOD Bless America

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