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Puritan Lawn Announces Winners of Essay Contest

June 6, 2017

Puritan Lawn Memorial Park would like to congratulate the winners of the essay contest “Why is the First Amendment the cornerstone of our democracy.” Middle school (grade 6,7,8) and high school (grade 9,10,11, 12) students from the local community were invited to participate. Peabody Mayor Edward J. Bettencourt, Jr. presented the students with their awards at Puritan Lawn’s annual Memorial Weekend service on Sunday, May 28th.


This recipients for 2017 are:


Middle School Category:

1st Place – Samir Babic (Grade 8) - J. Henry Higgins Middle School, Peabody

2nd Place – Paulina Straticos (Grade 8) - J. Henry Higgins Middles School, Peabody

High School Category:

1st Place – Gabriel Clark (Grade 10) - Kipp Academy Lynn Collegiate, Lynn

2nd Place – Ahmed Alananzeh (Grade 9) - Everett High School, Everett

 First place winners received $300 and second place winners received $150. Matching donations were made to the schools of the winners.

In addition to the students receiving their awards, Puritan Lawn paid tribute to those that have served our country, past and preseent. Speakers included Peabody Mayor Edward Bettencourt, Jr., Pastor Tom Coots, and Captain Stephen Castinetti, who retired from the U.S.Navy after 40 years of service. Groups that participated include the Lynn English JROTC, the Second Corps Veterans Association, the Lynnfield Knights of Columbus and the North Shore Corvettes. Kat Connors began the service singing the Star-Spangled Banner and John Collins and Kim Shaw of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary sounded Taps.