Poster & Essay Contest Winners

Maria Gonzalez Ibar (left), Lindsey Arruda (right)
Reprinted from PN/Paraplegia News January 2015

Maria Gonzalez Ibar and Lindsey Arruda were the big winners of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s (PVA) 11th annual Veterans Day Poster and Essay Contest.

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Gonzalez, a fourth grader at Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, Va., won the grand prize in the poster category. Arruda, a seventh grader at Somerset Middle School in Somerset, Mass., earned the top spot in the essay category.

This year’s contest theme was “What Can I Learn from a Veteran?”

“We thank all of this year’s participants in the contest and extend congratulations to Maria and Lindsey on their winning poster and essay submissions,” says PVA President Al Kovach. “We received more than 800 entries this year, but these two entries stood out above the rest and really captured on paper what people can learn from veterans.”

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