Winners of 2009
Winners of 2008
Scholarship First Place Winner: AZUCENA CASTILLO
Scholarship Second Place Winners:
TRUE LEADER TRUE HEART
To stand and fight
for what is right.
To give to those
who need it most.
To support the ones
who can't hold their own.
To care for all
and catch them, when they fall.
To know the truth
and never doubt it.
To never give in
and believe you can win.
To know when you're beaten
but keep going on.
To be a true leader
and have a true heart.
In loving memory of Danny Cagle
What am I?
To some men I am a weapon of mass destruction,
but to Danny Cagle I was his protector,
I was his partner,
I was a part of him.
Being with him through thick and thin,
there was nowhere that he was, where I wasn't.
Even when he rested I lay by his side within arms reach.
In times of trouble, when he awoke, I was ready with him.
In times when I wasn't needed,
he made his fellow comrades forget their troubles, their sadness, and their doubts.
He had a way of making everyone smile and forget their worries.
Anyone could see I was his pride by the way he held me in his grasp.
I always felt his love.
I was ready to fight no mattter when or where.
As his gun I knew my duty.
It was a big commitment to fill being Danny's gun.
He expected excellence every time and I gave it to him.
I perfomred for my soldier without hesitation.
I reacted instantly to command, to please my commander.
When the alarm bells rang we were the first to be ready.
During battle, I could see the hesitation in his eyes,
at the thought of having to take the life of another.
He did whatever was needed to put his fellow soldiers before him,
even if it meant risking his own life.
Each time I felt his strong finger press against my lever,
I was scared I wouldn't shoot fast enough, or shoot far enough.
But I always gave it may best, and each time we hit the target.
Danny knew my limits and yet he still pushed futher.
I could feel the adenaline through the beat of his pulse.
I spit out bullets as fast as Danny could pull the trigger.
In those moments, all that was important was his patriotism to his country.
The day came when he no longer needed me.
He didn't go home to his family,
he didn' go home to his friends,
he went to join his God.
After fulfilling his life's mission and doing all he could in this world,
he left us a brave and courageous soldier.
He was a friend to many,
a son, a brother,
and he will always be my hero.
BOLD STRONG CHARACTER iS WHAT A LEADER MUST POSSESS
ONE OF THESE QUALiTiES SHiNED WHEN YOU WERE PUT TO THE TEST
BEiNG BRAVE WHEN BACKED UP AGAiNST THE WALL
NEVER SHOWiNG FEAR AND ALWAYS STANDiNG TALL
HAViNG THE COURAGE TO STAND UP AND FiGHT FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
NEVER BEiNG iNFLUENCED AND KEEPiNG YOUR GOALS iN SiGHT
BEING YOUR OWN PERSON AND HOLDiNG YOUR HEAD UP HiGH
WHETHER PASS OR FAiL ALWAYS GiViNG iT YOUR BEST TRY
BEiNG VOCAL SO YOUR VOiCE WOULD BE HEARD
RECRUTiNG BELiVERS WiTH EACH SPOKEN WORD
NOT HAViNG ENOUGH TiME TO SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU COULD DO
THOUGH TO THiS COUNTRY YOU ALWAYS STAYED TRUE
A TRUE LEADER iS WHAT YOU HAVE BECOME
AND THE TiTLE OF HERO iS WHAT YOU HAVE WON
Caring for all without judgement
Holding on tight to all of their dreams
Always believing in those who have been forgotten
Running through reality with hopes and beliefs
Anxious for what will happen next
Cold is not a description of their hearts
Teaching others to love and care
Earning the respect of all they meet
Running trhough reality with hopes and beliefs
Is the man that I see.
She tells me no.
I tell her why
She says she's scared
That I might die.
I tell her
And it's okay.
She says it's not
That she is afraid.
I tell her don't be
She asks why.
I tell her, because I'm not going to die.
And if I do
Just to let you know
I will be in a better place because
I believe in what I fought for.
I am Daniel Cagle
And I am strong
I fight for what's right
And not for what's wrong.
This war is scarey
But it's what I wanted to do
Just remember I will always love you.
I sat alone on a top of a breezy hill
staring of what was facing
forward at me.
People killing each other like if
there was nothing wrong about it.
With brawny fingers, Courage
gave me strength, to keep my head up high.
I felt him smile.
Soothingly, as he captivated
me in his encriclement.
You were a great leader
you started off young
then you grew up,
You fought for our country in the war
you are an inspiration to all of us
which makes you and undercover superstar
when you passed,
we though about you
and we decided to write about you
we just want you to know
you will always be in our hearts
we will never forget you
so you are our poptart
A leader to me,
is a person who is brave,
who could take the pain,
when you're hurting deep inside.
A leader to me
has a heart filled with gold
that makes it so strong it will never break.
But what's a leader without character.
A character to me
has the motivation
to do anything.
the strength to go strong on.
A character to me
has a heart filled with gold.
That makes it so strong
it will never break.
But the Truth is to be a leader
you have to have
character and to
you have to have
Thats what a
leader and a character
are to me.