Malden High School’s Veterans Day Assembly

PHOTO: Boy Scout Troop 603 performed the Color Guard Ceremony


MALDEN – High School students here were treated Tuesday to a Veterans Day assembly that featured orchestral music, songs and speeches.

The event was designed to increase students’ awareness and to pay homage to American Armed Forces veterans.

After a welcome by Mrs. Hardy and a student opening by Javiel Cooper, Malden area Boy Scouts participated in the presentation of the American flag.

Justice Carlock and Cooper led the audience’s recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a performance by the Malden High School Band of the National Anthem.

Cierra Harris and Tristan HIte spoke about patriotism, and the Malden HIgh School Audition Choir performed the song, “Freedom Isn’t Free.”

Additional spoken word by Tavi Walker was followed by the chorus’ tribute to the Armed Services.

Mrs. Hardy took the lectern to introduce the morning’s keynote speaker Aaron Chase.

More spoken word by Vontasja Sherrod, Shamarra Burrage, Walker, Na’Quiya McGee and Billie Borschnack led to the MHS Audition Choir’s rendition of “These Are the Ones.”

The event was concluded by the band’s performance of “America the Beautiful.”



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Journalist Steve Hankins is the latest addition to the SEMO Times family. Steve is an award-winning writer and a 1999 graduate of Missouri State University at Springfield.He wrote professionally for a number of publications, including The Mississippi Rag, the Nation's Voice for Jazz and Ragtime Music; The Branson Tri-Lakes Daily News; The Jonesboro Arkansas Sun; and the Daily Dunklin Democrat at Kennett, Mo. As a Sun staff writer, Steve was awarded first place by Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors for a community service series that explored the state's methamphetamine issue. While at Missouri State, Steve earned The Quill and Scroll Award, the sole honor bestowed by the university annually for excellence in journalism. As a student, he served as music editor for The Free Press of the Ozarks, a tabloid newspaper published at Springfield, Mo. Steve earned a bachelor of science in communication with an emphasis in journalism and minored in creative writing while at Missouri State. He is the son of Malden's Lloyd Elmer and Alice Mae Hankins and lives at Malden with wife Angela; nine-year-old twin daughters Emmalee Jane and Alice Ray; and six-year-old daughter Ella Camille.