Two Chesterfield County Public Schools students won the Virginia War Memorial 2016 Veterans Day Essay Contest, and the students both read their winning essays...

Two Chesterfield County Public Schools students won the Virginia War Memorial 2016 Veterans Day Essay Contest, and the students both read their winning essays at the Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 at the Virginia War Memorial. The winner for the middle school category is schools---two-students-J.Bowe,-Gov.-McAuliffe,-LJordan Bowe, an eighth-grade student at Matoaca Middle, who wrote an essay titled “Could You Walk in Their Boots.” The high school category winner is Lauren Faherty, an 11th-grade student at Manchester High who wrote “My Family’s Love of America.”

The essay contest was open to all public, private, and homeschooled middle and high school students in Virginia. Students were tasked with writing a personal essay of 400-500 words based on a quote from a speech given by World War II Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway at the dedication of the Virginia War Memorial Feb. 29, 1956.

Each winner received a $200 check donated by Haley Buick GMC of Midlothian and was congratulated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who also served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. The winning essays can be found on the Virginia War Memorial’s website at www.vawarmemorial.org.