Wellington resident Talia Fradkin recently won first place in the Star Spangled Heroes Essay Contest sponsored by the West Palm Beach Library Foundation.
The library’s tribute to the military included an exhibition honoring Palm Beach County veterans, along with a countywide essay contest for local high school students.
Honorary chairs for the event were Sheriff Ric and Dorothy Bradshaw, along with co-chairs Lesley Hogan and Fred Storch. The event was underwritten by Alexander “Sandy” Myers.
Fradkin, a junior at Palm Beach Virtual School, won first place and received her award during the West Palm Beach Commission meeting with Mayor Jeri Muoio of West Palm Beach on Tuesday, May 26.
The event highlighted the need to honor current and former military members.
A reception followed at the West Palm Beach Library, attended by State Attorney Dave Aronberg, State Rep. Lori Berman, State Rep. Patrick Rooney Jr. and Chief Deputy Property Appraiser Dorothy Jacks.
The award celebration was televised live and can be streamed at www.wpb.org/westpalmtv.
For more information about the West Palm Beach Library Foundation, visit www.wpblf.org.
ABOVE: Talia Fradkin receives her award from Rebecca Weiss of the West Palm Beach Library Foundation and Alexander “Sandy” Myers.