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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.
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.
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
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.
CMS Students of the Month
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.
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.
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
|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.
Dream For America
| 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
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
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