PRESS RELEASE – VFW District #3 Patriot’s Pen Winners
Kailey Johnson Gabe Hale Arizona Gullick
Veterans of Foreign Wars District #3 Patriot’s Pen program winners were honored at an awards Banquet at Stigler Post 4446 on 10 December 2016. Kailey Johnson of Liberty School, Roland placed 1st and received a check for $300.00. Gabe Hale of Stigler School, Stigler placed 2nd and received a check for $200.00. Arizona Gullick of Howe Schools, Howe received a check for $100.00. They were also presented with a certificate as an outstanding young spoke person of the future, and a Patriot’s Pen Medal. District #3 had 213 students competing in seven Posts, resulting in 17 students being advanced to compete at the District level. Kailey Johnson is advanced to the State level of competition. The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generations. Students compete over several levels, which are the Post, District, then State level, with the State winner competing at the National level.
The Patriot’s Pen 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. Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.
Those interested in applying next year can find the rules and eligibility requirements on-line at http://www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships