Hannah Montana 6 Year Old & Mother Concert Essay Winner A Fake … “My daddy died this year in Iraq.”


Since when did we start teaching our children that lying is acceptable? Dying to get Hanna Montana tickets at any cost … even at the risk of losing our humanity.

Is nothing sacred? Is this how we honor our fallen brave military? With a fake essay on how a little 6 year old girls daddy died in Iraq. So this is what our society has become and parents deem okay to teach their children to lie to get what ever they want at all cost. Brave men and women in our Armed Forces die every day in Iraq to provide security for the United States and quell terrorism over there so we do not have to experience it here. 


“My daddy died this year in Iraq. I am going to give mommy the Angel pendant that daddy put on mommy when she was having me. I had it in my jewelry box since that day. I love my mommy.”


A six year old girl with the help of her mother, Priscilla Ceballos deceived contest officials at Club Libby Lu by entering a fake essay stating that her “daddy dies in Iraq”. How in the hell does any parent think that this was okay to do?

“We did the essay and that’s what we did to win,” Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. “We did whatever we could do to win.”

The mother had told company officials that the girl’s father died April 17 in a roadside bombing in Iraq, company spokeswoman Robyn Caulfield said
(USA Today)


A Texas mother helped her 6-year-old write a fake essay saying that her father had died in Iraq in order to win hard to get Hannah Montana concert tickets. (CBS)

Now that contest officials have found out that this was a lie, they may be revoking the ticket. MAYBE!!!???  Now that the cat is out of the bag, the mother is claiming that she never told contest organizers that the essay was true and that her 6 year old daughter was aware that this was a work of fiction. SURE YOU DID! The mother is in full CYA mode, ‘We Never Said This Was A True Story.’ If you never said it was true then why did you say the father’s name was Army Sgt. Jonathon Menjivar, had died in a roadside bombing April 17 in Iraq?

The girl’s grandmother told FOX 4 that the father, Jonathan Menjivar, is alive and currently lives in another town. The Department of Defense website has no record of any military casualty by that name, nor does the U.S. Army have any record at all of that name.

How reprehensible could one be to write an essay providing the impression that the story was real and that a 6 year old girl’s dad died while serving his country in Iraq. You wrote the essay with the knowledge that this would tug on emotions and heart strings and win. Nothing more, nothing less. You would dare win some thing as stupid and useless as Hanna Montana tickets off the blood of US soldiers! How dare you! These men and women are hero’s … you are as far away from that as it gets.

This mother is a disgrace. God forbid she have to experience the pain and anguish that so many mothers and daughters have had to go through in the USA of actual fathers and dads who died in Iraq.

Garland girl wins Hannah Montana tickets, trip with false essay

The company officials most likely took the essay at face value as they though who would be so low, callus and insensitive to actually write a fake essay on the death of a 6 year old dad claiming to have died in Iraq. Many of us are asking that same question.

Officials took the essay, which included no details about the father or his death, at face value and performed no background checks, Ms. Caulfield said. Ms. Ceballos told company officials that the girl’s father, Army Sgt. Jonathon Menjivar, had died in a roadside bombing April 17 in Iraq, Ms. Caulfield said.

But Department of Defense records show that no one by the name Jonathon Menjivar has died in Iraq.

UPDATE I: No truer words have been spoken … from Blogs of War

There’s something about these stupid, inconsequential stories that reveal so much about our society’s misplaced values.

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  • Comments

    42 Responses to “Hannah Montana 6 Year Old & Mother Concert Essay Winner A Fake … “My daddy died this year in Iraq.””

    1. roaming noam on December 29th, 2007 12:22 pm

      The grandmother said the father lived in another town did she mean island (aruba) ???

    2. Richard on December 29th, 2007 12:45 pm

      Another question … why is it that kids are brought up to revere people in the entertainment industry? I don’t know Hannah Montana from a hole in the ground, and don’t care to …

      … but maybe, just maybe, we could try to get kids interested in people of authentic accomplishment. This is written in despair.

    3. Ellen on December 29th, 2007 4:04 pm

      This does not look like the handwriting of a 6 year old to me.

      Regardless, the words clearly are those of an older person, either dictated or written to look more like a childs. The question though, is whether to punish the child for the deeds of her mom or reward her in spite of her mom.

    4. Ellen on December 29th, 2007 4:12 pm

      hit enter too fast….

      I hope this messages reaches mommy though….

      Like some many Americans, I have a loved one heading off to Iraq after returning from Afghanistan just a few short months ago. I pray every day for his safety as I pray for all of our troops to make it home very soon, healthy and strong of mind and body.

      Knowing how many little ones who will never see their moms or dads again because they died defending freedom makes the mom in question actions utterly despicable.

      I am so sorry for her little girl having to live with a role model like mom.

    5. December_star on December 29th, 2007 4:13 pm

      #1 I think the father is as much a victim here as anyone who read and believed this essay, why would you say that? I can’t even imagine how I would feel if one of my kids wrote a essay about me being dead just to win a contest.

    6. Miklo on December 29th, 2007 5:13 pm

      The message to young people seems to be:

      JUST WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Nevermind honesty. Nevermind character. Nevermind morality. Nevermind listening to your conscience.

      Whatever it takes…Win, Win, Win!!

    7. Sleddogs on December 29th, 2007 6:40 pm

      Club Libby Lu withdraws prize from girl whose essay falsely claimed father died in Iraq
      The Associated PressPublished: December 29, 2007

      GARLAND, Texas: A 6-year-old girl who won four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert with an essay falsely claiming her father died in Iraq isn’t going to the show after all.

      The contest’s sponsor, a store chain named Club Libby Lu, withdrew the prize Saturday and awarded it to another contestant. It didn’t identify the new winner.

      “With this decision, we hope to revive the intended spirit of the contest, which was designed to make a little girl’s holidays extra special,” Club Libby Lu chief executive Mary Drolet said in a statement Saturday.


    8. Jerry from Ohio on December 29th, 2007 7:01 pm

      This is about the most Hideous thing that I have seen in print.
      We had a woman here in Ohio that told a whole community that her daughter had a certain type of cancer and dressed her up in a head scarf so it would look like she had lost almost all of her hair .
      She collected in the Thousands of dollars through donations and fund raising events that good generous folks donated .
      She was eventually found out and of course could never repay the money this is all too sad for the children as well as the real children that REALLY do have a problem and do need a Helping hand damm these parents anyway But for tickets to a kids show ?
      I am sure that someone would have sponsored the child’s admission if they had went about it the correct way don’t ya think ?

    9. Maggie on December 29th, 2007 7:16 pm

      I believe Hannah Montana is Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter(Achy Breaky Heart).

      Doesn’t really surprise me, somepeople will do anything to meet a celebrity.

    10. Patti on December 29th, 2007 10:07 pm

      Maybe we should test the water in Texas.

      There seems to be alot of this

      Zealous Mother Syndrome

      going around.


    11. Texas Truth on December 30th, 2007 2:46 am

      This woman is a piece of trash that should face criminal charges for fraud, mail fraud, and have her children taken away from her. If you Google her name, you will see pictures of her. I leave you to find the photos with a smart-a** smirk on her face.

      I have posted to my blog on this situation. Please feel free to visit and leave a comment.


    12. yuknomenot on December 30th, 2007 4:49 am

      This “mother” seems to be passing on the lessons of morals and values she learned in the ’90s. Is it too much to hope that children’s services (or whatever they call it there) are investigating her?

    13. Peaches on December 30th, 2007 8:42 am

      Please note this contest was NOT sponsored by Miley Cyrus or her dad or Disney. The possibility for abuse was HUGE because Hannah Montana is HUGE.

      Thanks for your link, Texastruth, now that I’ve taken a look, smack that smirk on her face for me too.

      And get her some makeup counseling. God gave her eyebrows. Where’d they go? And that lipliner, looks like Halloween.

      Her poor kids… yes she has two..1 boy, 1 girl.

    14. J.J.M on December 30th, 2007 9:39 am

      I currently serve in the military and I have been to Iraq twice and I have had many friends die there.
      I can not believe this crap!!! This Mother should be tried for Fraud and I think her child should be put in the states care. She does not demonstraite the right morals or abilities to raise a child with proper up-bring. I feel so sorry for this country. To many people with the a “I’ve gotta have it” attitude and it is making me sick. All I can say, is that they need to take all the winnings from this lady.

    15. Richard on December 30th, 2007 9:55 am

      I wonder if she will be shunned by her community, as ought to be the case? Or will people just brush it off?

    16. Club Libby Lu Strips 6 Year Old Hannah Montana Ticket Winner of Prize (Fake Essay) | Scared Monkeys on December 30th, 2007 11:41 am

      [...] 6 year old girl who had submitted, with the help of her mother, a fake essay that her “daddy died in Iraq”, has had the prize taken away. Thankfully, this was the decision made. The mother should be [...]

    17. dallasalley on December 30th, 2007 4:13 pm

      Is her mother Lori Drew?

    18. cybro on December 30th, 2007 6:19 pm

      “Since when did we start teaching our children that lying is acceptable?”

      Well, nobody said Hannah Montana or the Iraq war on terror was real either. The message of both is clear. Be famous and win at all cost.

      Even if you live a lie to be famous or have to lie to go to war. All that matters is fame and fortune.

    19. Sheena on December 30th, 2007 7:32 pm

      Pathetic! This “mother” needs to be examined – there’s something seriously wrong with her. Shame! Shame! Shame! All I can do is pray for her. I served 20 years and 8 days in the military and I thank God I survived and never lost anyone close to me. Now this “woman” writes an essay for her daughter stating the Dad was killed in Iraq, these kinds of actions leave me speechless. This woman should be sent back to wherever she came from! Simply pathetic!

    20. hannahmontanaconcert.net on December 30th, 2007 9:28 pm

      Let’s all get her phone number then prank call the crap out of her!

      “The next best thing to being there”

    21. Jessica on December 30th, 2007 11:25 pm

      I think this woman is a peice of garbage. Miley Cyrus is probably VERY ashamed of her so is God. This woman is a peice of C***. Miley I would never do anything like that to win tickets. I think this woman should get fined. go to http://www.smileymiley171.wetpaint.com

    22. coolcatcrazy5 on December 31st, 2007 5:11 am

      She did absolutely nothing wrong. Nothing in the contest said that any of it had to be true. It was an essay contest… not a “who has the most difficult life” contest…

      Since when did the word essay become “absolute truth”? The majority of essays I wrote in school were fiction. I was graded by the quality of the essay. Not by how sorry I made the teachers feel for me.

      If the contest organizers gave this girl the tickets simply because they believed her story then that’s their own fault… they should have awarded the tickets by essay quality… not by how sorry they felt for the contestants.
      SM: Spare us … I guess being considered a human was not part of the contest either.

      I idea that someone would knowingly have their 6 year old write a story that their father was dead in Iraq to sway emotion to win a contest is sick enough. The only thing that may be worse are people who would defend such sick actions.

      Let me guess … you are against the war … you hate the military … you have issues?

      Some things in life do not have to be stated … like having class, common sense and morals.

      If you actually think that nothing was done wrong by this mother ,,, we can only pray to God that you have no children.

    23. Scared Monkeys on December 31st, 2007 9:26 am

      Some things in life should be a given, like breathing.

      To write a story that is fiction given the impression that a 6 yo’s father died in Iraq is one of them. It always comes down to intent.

      The mother’s intent was to win tickets at all cost. Her intent was not to bring light to the heroic men & women who sacrifice for US.

      Winning tickets of the blood of soldiers.

      That’s what makes this reprehensible.

    24. Scred on January 1st, 2008 10:38 pm

      The daughter had no clue as to what her mother had written or done; It was all the so-called “mother’s” doing. ‘Mom’ surprised her daughter with the win only after learning about it herself. Watching the news clip where the reporters asked the girl about the essay and then watching the ‘mother’ interject on the basis of ‘privacy’ was the big red flag. One reporter dug it all up…brave guy.

    25. Kelsey on January 2nd, 2008 9:00 am

      This is sooo stupid…i cant believe someone would dive that low just to get Hannah montana tickets. those tickets are ranged from 5-$15,000.
      that six year old had abseloutely no right to win but somehow she did anyway.
      It may be the hottest concert of 2007-08 but some people were hoping to win on the radio and that was impossible for me…i called but i never got through. Some people actually have to work hard to get tickets like that…

    26. botsie on January 2nd, 2008 9:52 am

      poor girl

    27. Rachel on January 3rd, 2008 6:44 pm

      I feel for here but again that was her felt. I have been dieing to get tickets but our family can afford them but sometimes not that is ok do u know how to won some sweet hannah montana tickets thanks

    28. Muffy on January 5th, 2008 3:09 pm

      Texas woman apologized for her “bad decision” over essay
      Last Update: 1/04 1:54 pm
      A Texas woman today apologized for her “bad decision” over an essay falsely claiming her daughter’s father was a soldier killed in Iraq.

      The story helped the six-year-old girl win four tickets to a sold-out Hannah Montana concert.

      Priscilla Ceballos of Garland told NBC’s “Today” show that she didn’t intend to mislead the contest sponsor — but got caught up in helping her daughter.

      Ceballos also apologized to military families.

      Officials with Chicago-based Club Libby Lu surprised the girl December 28th at a store in a suburban Dallas mall.

      The girl’s essay won her airfare for four to Albany, New York, and four tickets to the January 9th Hannah Montana concert.

      The opening line in the essay was: “My daddy died this year in Iraq.”

      Club Libby Lu has since awarded the prize to another undisclosed winner.
      This is no apology. What about “I’m sorry.” Or “I was wrong”. It isn’t just a “bad decision.” She is trying to minimize it all because of the public outrage. And what is this “got caught up in helping her daughter”. What got caught was her lies. The lying was bad enough, but this woman isn’t really owning up, which in my eyes is worse. She had the chance to really say she was sorry and mean it. She’s failed herself and her daughter again, and I think it insults our soldiers in uniform all over again.

    29. jesus christ on January 5th, 2008 6:56 pm

      I can’t believe all the people getting worked up into a lather about this. It’s HILARIOUS! Hopefully, people will also get worked up into a lather about my comment too. That will be GREAT to watch!

      So she lied to win a contest. Yawn. She’s already had the tickets taken away and she already has to explain all of that to her daughter. She’s been publically humiliated. Some of you sound like you’d stone her to death, given the chance. There are calls to take her children away? Are you serious? LOL. Yeah, the kids would be MUCH better in the foster care system. You people really need to get a grip!!

      Now go ahead and rail – I’ll get the popcorn!

    30. Maarten on January 6th, 2008 10:36 am

      Strange that no one commented on the fact that if her dad was actually killed in iraq that she would’ve won. It’s an essay contest but somehow someone who writes 3 simple lines wins the tickets? I know it’s a hard pill to swallow but it holds no relevance to the contest whatsoever.

      “Its like writing a letter to the lottery about how you got a terminal disease and winning a million dollars without having the right lottery numbers.”

      And yes she did lie, but what do you think the reason is that we are actualy in iraq..

      p.s. R: For someone who likes to express his views on subjects. You might want to let others do the same in their comments. Without editing their posts with your “arguments”.

    31. Scared Monkeys on January 6th, 2008 11:23 am

      #29 … You are a fool and a troll. That about sums up the attention you deserve.

      Have a nice day … now go find some puppies to kick.

    32. Scared Monkeys on January 6th, 2008 11:28 am

      Well you obviously have a great deal of respect for those that would risk their lives to provide you the right to act like an ungreatful idiot.

      You’re hatred for a policy clouds your judgement between right and wrong. How very sad.

      If you want to make the proper comparison … it would be that she lied that her father died in the 9/11 Twin Towers terrorism attack.

      Let me guess … you think GWB did that too?

      PS: No one is editing, they are responding to the exact comment within the comment. BTW, do not tell anyone on a blog how to run their blog … here’s an idea … stop being lazy and write your own. Oh, I know … that would take initiative instead of just whining.


    33. Maarten on January 6th, 2008 3:39 pm

      It’s simply odd that you’re speaking your mind and then attacking others that do the same. And if all will stay as it is I will be going to Iraq as a technician in a few months. And I’m not from the US mind you.

      I’ve seen stuff you wouldn’t even have seen in your worst nightmares. If anyone has a clouded view on this it’s you. What she did was wrong, but it’s taken way out of proportion, by the things I see wished upon her.

      All this personal hatred that you got towards people who do not see eye to eye as you do, maybe democracy isn’t for you.

    34. Dave on February 3rd, 2008 12:11 am

      My name is Dave. I am a former US Army Engineer. I lost my brother in Iraq in 2003, while we were both there. I returned in 2005, only to be shot in the leg……and subsequently discharged due to medical reasons.

      I didnt risk my life or lose my own brother so that ppl like this mother can exploit our heroism in a false essay to win some stupid concert. Maybe she needs to watch one of the many videos or look at some of the pictures that depict what life is REALLY like for the US soldier in Iraq.

      I wanted to be a firefighter for as long as i remember. Alas, i cannot because of the metal plate on my femur. I am now considered a DISABLED VETERAN. So this war has taken away my dreams…..a real life dream…..however i would do it all over again-

      DESPITE this mother who exploited my sacrifice and the sacrifice of all men and women who wear the uniforms of any service, with a “dream” of seeing Hannah Montana.

      You are a disgrace Ms. Ceballos. I had my dreams shattered and you still get your dreams. I hope you sleep well with knowing that.

      -SSGT David Wirsching
      1st EN Group 5th SFG (Special Operations)
      US Army (RET)<— at age 23

    35. VICTORIA STRAUGHAN {STRAWN} on June 3rd, 2008 12:02 pm

      Hi David
      I am hoping you will answer this e-mail
      as I am doing a family genealogy on the family your grandmother was married into. WILBER WARNE
      I would appreciate any help you can share with me.
      Victoria Straughan

    36. Muffin on September 27th, 2008 1:17 pm

      Mily Iam very sorry for what happen to you and I hope everything work out between your mother and you because I went threw the same thing so I am sorry.

      Thank You for leting me write this story…………….

    37. Talia on September 27th, 2008 1:18 pm


    38. Bob Caltrider on October 20th, 2008 12:21 pm

      Sad but true just read your newspapers, watch television look out your front door, it is the way peoplr raise their children these days,we live in a world at least in this country where kids are taught it’s ok to do whatever you want to do, walk into any store and just look around kids are let run wild in the the stores and in the streets,they get caught doing something wrong and their slapped on the wrist and let go to do it all over again, and these kids that commit murder, so blame it on television, the movies and the games they play and don’t look to those parents who raised them with no guidance and gave them their guns!

    39. OnlyWishingAngels on March 20th, 2009 4:55 pm

      this is sad my two uncles are fighting there lives for us and she FAKES saying that her dad dies in iraq may she go down with the devil and the rest of the people that have been telling there Fake things just for money and getting worshiped GOD BLESS THOSE WHO FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES AND SAVE OURS!

    40. Jhens Acne Treatment Care on July 3rd, 2009 2:49 am

      the kids at home loves Hanna Montana. I also watched this show from time to time and Miley Cyrus is really fit for this role.

    41. Brandon Scott on May 7th, 2010 2:01 am

      My kids loves Hanna Montana so much that they are addicted to it. Anyway, Miley is a pretty and talented young girl.~::

    42. Sofia Baker on July 9th, 2010 7:42 am

      Miley really got her singing talent from Billy Ray Cyrus, no doubt about it.-:;

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