Five fourth-graders win ‘My Hero’ essay contest

The students, one from each elementary school, read their essays at the Upper Bucks Sertoma Club’s Heritage Program.
Posted on 05/15/2023
Students and their supporters stand for a photo after reading their essays the Upper Bucks Sertoma Club's Heritage Day Program.Five Quakertown Community School District fourth-graders, one from each elementary school, recently read their essays at the Upper Bucks Sertoma Club’s Heritage Program.

Students were asked to write a 250-word essay about a hero or someone who inspired them. The winners of the writings, titled “My Hero,” are Amber Burns of Pfaff, Donovan Culp of Neidig, Karol Martinez Acevedo of QE, Liyana Laiba of Trumbauersville, and Isabella Pallone of Richland.

Amber, who was supported at the event by her teacher Rebecca Menchaca, wrote about Henry Milton Hershey Jr., her Pop-Pop, who has persevered through a heart transplant. “He is always positive, happy, kind, personable, humorous, and caring,” Amber stated.

Donovan, who was supported by his teacher Lori Zuber, wrote about his Pop-Pop, Arthur Beam Ketterer Jr., who served in the army from 1986 to 1998. “He is kind, respectful, helpful, and a hero,” Donovan stated. “He is not just my hero, but he is a hero for helping us in our freedom.”

Karol, who was supported by ELD teacher Kerry Foley, wrote about his deceased Uncle Jesus.
“My Uncle Jesus was a very kind man,” Karol stated. “He liked helping people when they needed something done. He could fix things for others and was happy to help.”

Liyana, who was supported by her teacher Mark Hewes, wrote about author Mary Pope Osborne. “It’s not just her books that made me be good at reading and writing but it also taught me a lot of things like, if you can’t try at first, try, try again, and that with friendship and team work you can accomplish many things,” Liyana stated.

Isabella, who was supported by her teacher Laura Ketterer, wrote about author Maya Angelou. “I admire her kindness because with her words she said things for people who needed those things to be said through her poetry,” Isabella stated.
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