Entries by Lacey Kestecher

Kristine Le – Winner, Best Poem

Hello, my name is Kristine Le, and I am a 5th grader from California! Right now, I am 10 years old, but for too long because it is almost my birthday. I really like reading fiction novels and drawing art in my free time. I consider myself a bookworm because I love reading books. In the summer, […]

Haven Downham – Winner, Best Artwork

Hello, my name is Haven I am 10 years old in the 4th grade, and I live in Oklahoma . I am young equestrian, I ride Saddleseat with my horse named Lily. I am also learning Hunt and when I get older I will learn Hunter jumper, ( if my mom will think about it […]


Yashica Nabar is a student at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is completing her Bachelor’s of Science in Supply Chain Management with a concentration in Project Management. During high school, she served in various presidential positions within her school’s Executive and Council boards. Her favorite memory was taking part in Mock Trial, in […]


I graduated from Kennesaw State University (Georgia) with my Bachelor’s in Accounting in 2017. Currently, I work for Build-A-Bear Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri as an Internal Auditor. In my spare time, I enjoy watching live theatre performances and walking new trails at local state parks with my dog, Pepper.


Gerald Huesken Jr. is a Social Studies teacher, primarily teaching World History and Government & Economics, at Elizabethtown Area High School in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in education, Mr Huesken has been teaching at Elizabethtown since 2008. His 11th Grade Government & Economics and […]


Halley is a junior at Midway University in Midway, Kentucky with a triple major (Equine Rehabilitation, Equine Farm Management and Marketing/Bloodstock Sales). She has begun her MBA (4 + 1 program), which will be in Farm Management. Halley enjoys volunteering at the Rooftop Rodeo and at Rodeo Houston, and rides competitively as a member of […]


Samir is an Atlanta-based entrepreneur with a career spanning finance, real estate, education, and military service. He is currently the Managing Partner of Trophy Point Investment Group, a private real estate lending company that specializes in providing loans to members of the military community. Samir is also an Officer in the US Army Reserves, where […]


I serve on the board of the Dallas Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, and have been published twice in relation to the national organization. I won the Harold Simmons Award for Excellence in Constitutional Teaching, and it encouraged me to apply for the James Madison Fellowship, a national teaching award, which I […]


I am a person that believes that students are the greatest gift and hope that we have in our world. We need to educate them so that everyone’s future is brighter. Being a teacher of students and other teachers is a great gift. I have taught 8th grade U.S. History and 7th grade Texas History at […]


My name is Nic Downs, and I’m a 32-year-old California native with a bachelor’s degree in Communications (California Baptist University) and an English-teaching (TEFL) certification. I’ve traveled extensively through 3 continents, and currently work as an online English teacher for Spanish-speaking professionals in Chile. My hobbies include reading, walking, traveling, and studying/practicing foreign languages.


Steven Jiang is a high school freshman at Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, IL. He runs varsity cross country and track and field, competes on the debate team, and writes for the school newspaper. Currently, he is the co-director of Super Spellers, a spelling and vocabulary program for students based on his experience competing […]


Shaynlin Smith grew up in Drexel, Missouri where she graduated from Drexel High School in 2022 as Valedictorian and Class President. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Psychology minor from Central Methodist University. Shaynlin is planning to attend graduate school in the Fall of 2024 to begin working […]