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Wilmont VFW, VFW Auxiliary announce 'Patriot’s Pen' essay winners

The essays received were well written, kind and thoughtful, a release from the Wilmont VFW Auxiliary stated, thanking students who participated and teachers who supported the contest.

Avery Winter, center, who attends Fulda High School, recently earned first place in the "Patriot's Pen" writing contest, receiving a certificate and $75. She is pictured with teacher Aaron Cheadle, left, and Linda Beerman, right, representing the Pacholl Moser VFW Post 2603.
Avery Winter, center, who attends Fulda High School, recently earned first place in the "Patriot's Pen" writing contest, receiving a certificate and $75. She is pictured with teacher Aaron Cheadle, left, and Linda Beerman, right, representing the Pacholl Moser VFW Post 2603.
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WILMONT — The Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary announced recently that Avery Winter, who attends Fulda High School, earned first place in the "Patriot's Pen" youth essay contest, writing on the theme of "My Pledge to Our Veteran."

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Winter will receive a $75 cash prize and a certificate. Brynn Bakken, from Hills-Beaver Creek High School, earned second place, and a $50 cash prize, and Hailey Moser, who also attends Hills-Beaver Creek High School, took third place and a $25 cash prize. Winter and Bakken will go on to compete at the district level.

The essays received were well written, kind and thoughtful, a release from the Wilmont VFW Auxiliary stated, thanking students who participated and teachers who supported the contest. Entries were received from Worthington Christian Schools, Fulda and Hills-Beaver Creek.

The VFW started the competition in 1995 as a way to encourage young people to examine America’s history along with their own experiences, while improving their writing skills.

The worldwide contest asks students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to write a 300- to 400-word essay expressing their views on democracy while competing for prizes. National-level awards for finalists range from $500 to $5,000.

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From left, Megan Klumper; Avril Ty Suzie, who earned first place in the "Voice of Democracy" competition; Hailey Moser, who took third place in the "Patriot's Pen" contest; Brynn Bakken, who earned second place in the "Patriot's Pen" competition; Lydia Scruggs; Gina Newman and Robert Newman celebrate the winners of the Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary contests.
From left, Megan Klumper; Avril Ty Suzie, who earned first place in the "Voice of Democracy" competition; Hailey Moser, who took third place in the "Patriot's Pen" contest; Brynn Bakken, who earned second place in the "Patriot's Pen" competition; Lydia Scruggs; Gina Newman and Robert Newman celebrate the winners of the Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary contests.
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