The 8th Grade students of Long River Middle School recently competed in an essay and picture contest to honor local veterans. Doug Merriman, representing the American Legion, chose the five winners. The winners were Heidi Schlupp, Erika Lugo, Jason Rodriguez, John Dyckman, and Brianna Peet. Mr. Merriman had the difficult job of picking these five winners from dozens of excellent poems and works of art. “It was hard to pick five- ten others could’ve easily won,” Merriman said.