District Students Win with Patriotic Essays in National VFW Competition

District Students Win with Patriotic Essays in National VFW Competition
Posted on 02/10/2016

Robertson County middle and high school students participate each year in the national Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest, sponsored locally by the 121 members of county VFW Post 2120.  The post has sponsored this event in Robertson County Schools for the past 12 years.


According to the VFW website, each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 


In this year’s middle school competition, East Robertson Middle School students Hanna Mae Howeth, and Maddie Wikberg won first and second place honors respectively in the county competition. Howeth went on to place third in  the four-county district competition.


In the high school, “Voice of Democracy,” contest, Greenbrier High School’s Tristan Miranda won first place in the county and placed second in district competition.  


The 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.

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