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2013 Essay Winners Announced

During the closing days of this year’s school days, students wrote essays on the theme of “Proud to be an American” and 11 essays were submitted to Dr. Tom Fletcher, superintendent of the Twin Lakes School Corporation. He then distributed them to a dozen area residents for judging.

On Saturday, July 6, at the Monticello City Park area high schools students who had previously submitted their essays assembled to see who would receive the awards.

Scholarships were then awarded at the Celebration in the City Park following the Boat Parade with the top three essays receiving $500, $300 and $200.

Additional money was received to support this grand endeavor and were distributed equally to all remaining entries. The top three essays and their rankings were: The remaining eight students receiving $100 were;  (Listed alphabetically by first name)
  • Chris Wade
  • Evan Hildebrand
  • Haley Wharff
  • Jamie Colton
  • Kaylee Bonnette
  • Kim Heiny
  • Leah Crabb
  • Zainab Shabbir   

Thank You! 2013 Acknowledgments

The Proud to Be An American Boat Parade and Celebration in the Park is truly a community event.  The following list is our acknowledgments for 2013.  The list gets longer and longer with every passing year.

If you are a frequent visitor to our site, please take a bit of time to scan this list (don't forget to click the 'Read More' link).  The next time you greet someone on the list or visit their business, organization, or church ... please thank them!  They are the lifeblood of this event honoring our Veterans!

Tom Heckard, Madam Carroll - Primary Sponsor
Mayor Ken Houston, City of Monticello - Primary Sponsor, Grand Marshall Proclamation Presentation
Chris McWhirter, Mayor's assistant - Letters and Facilitator
Mitch Billue, Monticello Parks & Recreation - Primary Sponsor
Nan Albright, Monticello Assisted Living - PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN banners aboard Madam Carroll
Dr. Leland McReynolds, Brookston Federated Church - Invocation
Preston Smith, 42nd Royal Highlanders - Performance (Madam Carroll - "fifes, pipes and drums")
Ed Whitcomb, Indiana Governor 1969-1973
Paul Rose,  - Coordinator - 42nd Royal Highlanders
Brian Kelley - Nashville Performer - Performance on the Madam Carroll
Doug Morrison, State Farm - Monticello - Upper level Madam Carroll M/C
Pat Kinser, Kinser's Bakery - 40 dozen donuts aboard Madam Carroll
Luana Wetli, Blue Star Mothers - Grand marshal registration
Jon Read, Photographer - Photographer - Grand marshal proclamation presentation
Bob Wilcoxon, Monticello Veterans Honor Guard - 21 gun salute & Honor Guard
Matt Hubbard, Hubbard GM Center - Golf Carts
Chief Randy Soliday, Monticello Police  - Traffic control
Bob Wrede, Wrede & Sons - Shirts for committee
Dan Oldenkamp, Boy Scouts - Clean up after parade
George Wade, Sportsman Inn - Deck for Parade Viewing Area
Butch Kramer,  - Parade M/C Sportsman Deck
Ben Dragoo - Water Ski Show
Gwen Rodenberger - Greeters - Sportsman
Doug & Sheila Pepple - Greeters - Sportsman
Janet Dold, Monticello Chamber of Commerce - Greeters - Sportsman

Read more: Thank You! 2013 Acknowledgments


What A Grand Event!

Patriotic Boat Parade brings together 150 veterans

The 2013 Proud to Be An American Boat Parade and Celebration in the Park was a great success.  44 World War II Veterans were honored this year.

Please view the video from WLFI-TV 18, Lafayette.  Clicking the forward arrow in the lower left of the video image starts the streaming broadcast.


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