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Ely Elks Lodge #1469 proudly presented Sophia Maestes who attends Learning Bridge Charter School with a certificate from the Elks Grand Lodge and nevada State Elks Association for her essay in the Elks Americanism contest. Sophia’s essay entitled “What I Can Do to Promote Americanism and Love of Country” placed first in the 7th and 8th grade Division 11 in the Nevada State Elks Association Contest. Her essay was also sent on to compete in the National Elks Association Contest for Americanism. In addition to the certificate and as a thank you for her great work, Ely Lodge also awarded Sophia with $25 in Chamber Bucks. Pictured is Bill Thompson, Linda Montgomery, Gayle Bartlett, Peter Maestes, Sophia Maestes, Danette Maestes and Andre Paez.LB Americanism1