The Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The 2019-2020 theme is: "What Makes America Great." The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Dianne Williams, says it's important for students to participate in this program because it fosters a love and appreciation for their nation. "This is a wonderful opportunity for students to reflect upon and analyze their own thoughts and feelings about their country. It helps them to internalize the fact that the freedom they enjoy comes with a price... the devotion, service, and sacrifice of fellow Americans. It becomes very personal for them. It is another step in their development as patriotic, responsible citizens and future leaders."
The contest consists of 4 levels: VFW Post, VFW District, VFW Department (State), and VFW National. Awards and prize money are awarded at each level.
Congratulations to our award winners for the VFW Post level, and thank you Mrs. Williams for your time and dedication to this project!
1st place: Cate Lynn Creech
2nd place: Charles Cease
3rd place: Greta Anderson
4th place: Josie Hurley
5th place: Nadia Stuckey
6th place: Jenna Leon
7th place: Jacob Hanling
Alternate: Kennedy Sullivan (not pictured)