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A wonderful celebration for our Veterans was held on Sunday afternoon, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. in the Sharp Middle School Gymnasium. The program recognized area Veterans as well as showcased the talents of the Pendleton County students. This celebration was planned cooperatively with Pendleton County Schools, American Legion & Auxiliary Post 109, VFW Post 1978, and the Disabled American Veterans.
A reception preceded the program at 1:30 p.m. in the SMS cafeteria for all veterans and their spouses/guests. This reception was hosted by Sharp Middle School's KJHS. The program opened with the Veterans entering the gymnasium while the PHS Band played during the NJROTC sword salute. The Southern and Northern Elementary Combined Choir sang the National Anthem. The invocation was given by FCA member, Fisher Hurst. Superintendent Dr. Anthony Strong welcomed everyone and introduced several county officials who were in attendance. Cmdr Jim Sharp gave greetings from the American Legion Post 109. The NJROTC Drill Team then made a presentation under the direction of Naval Science instructor, HM1 Kirk Prather.
Superintendent Anthony Strong introduced the key-note speaker, Kentucky Senator Will Schroder.
Wil joined the Kentucky Senate after being elected in November 2014 to represent the 24th District made up of Campbell, Pendleton and Bracken Counties. Wil is currently the youngest member of the Kentucky Senate and is a member of the Judiciary Committee, Appropriations and Revenue Committee, and the Economic Development Committee.
While balancing his responsibilities as a State Senator, Wil practices law part-time at Dinsmore & Shohl where he focuses on public finance law. Wil earned a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and received his law degree from NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law.
Wil is married to his high school sweetheart, Marci. The two are active members of the Next Chapter Church in Wilder where they served as youth group leaders and where Wil often plays guitar in the worship band. Wil and Marci were recently blessed with the birth of their daughter Grace.
Pendleton High School Band, under the direction of Matt Phillips, then played the US Armed Services Medley. The branches of the service were called out in the following order and the veterans stood up when their branch was called.
---U.S. Coast Guard
---U.S. Air Force
The elementary schools had a coloring contest and poster contest and the middle school and high school students wrote essays. The following student winners were awarded gift certificates by the Auxiliary Post 109:
Coloring Contest Winners
Mia Roseberry-2nd Grade, Southern Elementary
Colton Ortlieb-2nd grade, Northern Elementary
Poster Contest Winners
Addison Wright-4th Grade, Southern Elementary
Clark Cummins-3rd Grade, Northern Elementary
Essay Contest Winners
Ryan Sickles-Sharp Middle School
Kelsey Boone-Pendleton High School
Allie Redden-Sharp Middle School
Brook Browning-Pendleton High School
Mr. Adam Hall presented the perpetual plaques and gave information about the procedure for putting a veteran’s name on the plaque. The program concluded with the Wreath-Laying Ceremony, Fisher Hurst giving the benediction and then the playing of Taps by Pendleton County High School Band student, Caitlyn Harris.