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Hoover Middle School students "What a Veteran Means to Me" challenge.
Posted 11/9/20

For the past several years the Middle School Leadership Program and many other organizations participate in the Veterans Day Parade held each year on November 11th. This year marching in a parade to honor this countries Veterans was not going to be in the playbook. With the support of the Albuquerque Veterans Memorial and the APS JROTC Program, a challenge was created for all New Mexico students. Explain what a Veteran Means to Me in a one-minute presentation. Over 100 students across New Mexico sent in their rendition of their thoughts on this subject. There were 26 middle school students that entered this event. Brooklyn Elias, Jaira Leonen, Mia Tarango-Sandoval, and Moriah Gurrea all stepped up to this opportunity and represented Hoover with Great Patriotism and Respect for our countries Veterans. Each of these students did an excellent job and worked with their families to make their video/presentation. Moriah Gurrea, a 6th grader, brought home a First Place Award in the middle school category on her video about her Great Grandfather. Her video along with several others will be part of this year's Virtual Veterans Day Parade. She will also receive a $200 gift card and a brick, with her Great Grandfather's name and hers, will be placed at the Veterans Memorial here in Albuquerque.


Virtual Veterans parade video coming soon.