VFW, Auxiliary awards scholarships

SIDNEY — VFW Post 4239 Commander Thomas Kinninger and Auxiliary President Marsha Jones have announced this year’s scholarship and contest winners:

The VFW awarded three $500 scholarships and the Auxiliary also awarded three $500 scholarships totaling $3,000 to graduates. The recipients are:

• Jonathan F VanSkiver, sponsor Patt VanSkiver. He plans to attend Miami University in accounting.

• Braden Topp, sponsor Joseph Topp. He will be attending Wright State Lake Campus and his field of study is business, accounting and finance.

• Camden Vordemark, sponsor Thomas Kinninger, He will be attending Tiffin University and his field of study will be forensic science.

• Lindsey Carr, sponsor Larry and Julie Music. She will be attending Edison State Community College and study nursing.

• Victoria Sayre, sponsors Karen and Tam Beavers. She will be attending Lincoln Memorial University and study to be a veterinarian.

• Alivia Carpenter, sponsor Bill and Myra Carpenter. She plans to attend Bowling Green State University and study apparel production and management.

In addition to winning the Post scholarship, Carpenter also won the post level Patriotic Art Contest.

Students in grades 9-12 were eligible to participate. Carpenter is a student at Delphos Jefferson and granddaughter of Bill ans Myra Carpenter. She will be receiving a check in the amount of $100 from the VFW 4239 Auxiliary.

The entry was submitted on to the district for judging. Her painting depicted a American flag with two people of different race shaking hands in front of the flag. Both Americans sharing their freedom’s, rights, spirit of unity and love for their country.

The Patriots Pen Essay contest had two winners. The post had entries from Russia Local School’s teachers Catherine Homan and Bart Doseck and Sidney Christian Academy, Kristina Baughman. Both first and second place winners are students at Russia Local Schools. First place of $50 was awarded to Jayden Gerke. Second place was given to Catherine Homan. The essay contest was open to students in sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grades. This year’s theme was “What is Patriotism to Me? Both students were sent on to the district level judging.

Both the officers of the post and the auxiliary want to congratulate this years winners. There will be no awards banquet due to the fact COVID restrictions were still in effect.