Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards.  Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000!
 
This essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.  This year's theme is "What Is Patriotism To Me?"
 
Peyton Millard (pictured on the right) earned 2nd place in this year's competition, and Sadie Bearden (pictured on the left) earned 3rd place.  These students will be recognized at the January 19 school board meeting.  Mr. Wade Wilmoth from the VFW post will be in attendance to present the awards.
 
Congratulations, Peyton and Sadie, and good luck at the district competition!