HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights American Legion Post 106 announced the winners of its Poster and Essay Contests before the regularly scheduled meeting in the the Hasbrouck Heights Senior Center on Monday afternoon. Post Commander Patrick McCarthy made the presentation to all the winners.
Tejasi Thool won first place in the poster contest; Tais Pena won second place. Each received a monetary prize ($250 for first; $150 for second), an award certificate, and American Legion Centennial coin. Inspiration for the 2019 poster contest was the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and the timeline displayed in the Hasbrouck Heights Library. McCarthy showed a miniature version of Thool's poster and noted that the design was made up of soldiers in a unit with no faces or facial features, "that's how a soldier survives, in a unit. That's what spoke to me."
Winners of the essay contest were Chris Thibault, first place; Ty Von Seidelman, second place, and Jared Beerman, third place. Each received a monetary prize ($250 for first; $150 for second; $100 for third), an award certificate, and American Legion Centennial coin. The theme of this year's essay contest was The Bill of Rights, and which had the most impact, according to McCarthy.
The posters can be seen on the Community Page of the Hasbrouck Heights American Legion Post 106 Facebook page.
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