SIDNEY – At a dinner, May 10, at Shelby County Memorial Post 4239 of the VFW, 13 students were recognized for patriotic writing and scholastic achievements.
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.
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.
Three local winners were selected this year: Alisha Grace Hughes, a sixth-grader at Holy Angels; Samantha Faulder, a seventh-grader at Christian Academy; and Brandon Scott Jones, an eighth-grader at Holy Angels.
Sponsoring teachers were Andrea Greve from Holy Angels and Tracey Brewer from Christian Academy.
Each year, local VFW Post 4239 awards scholarships to students whose parents or grandparents are members of the post’s organizations.
For 2017, 10 scholarships, totaling $5,000, were presented to Bryce Landrey, Fairlawn High School; Joshua Reck, Fairlawn High School; Katie Thomas, Anna High School; Callie Topp, St. Henry High School; Elizabeth Huffman, Fairlawn High School; Patricia Huffman, Fairlawn High School; Kayleigh Joy Hall, Danville High School, Keeling, Virginia; Angelina Carpenter, Sidney High School; Hayden Spurgeon, Sidney High School; and Kavan Sarver, Graham High School.