Artesian student wins Patriot Pen essay contestKayla Olson, Artesian, eighth-grader at Sanborn Central School, Forestburg, has won the 2012 Patriot’s Pen Essay competition.
Kayla Olson, Artesian, eighth-grader at Sanborn Central School, Forestburg, has won the 2012 Patriot’s Pen Essay competition.
She received her $100 award and Patriot’s Pen Pin at a ceremony held recently at her school.
Her essay has been sent on to the district competition.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, of Mitchell, and its Ladies’ Auxiliary sponsors the “Patriot’s Pen” essay competition.
Middle school students in grades six through eight in the area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars in U.S. savings bonds.
Students begin by competing at the local post level.
Post winners advance to the district contest. District winners compete in the state competition.
The state winners compete for more than $92,000 in U.S. savings bonds and an all-expenses-paid trip to join other national dignitaries attending the VFW National Convention.
Each year, more than 112,000 students participate in Patriot’s Pen essay competition. Students are invited to write a 300-400 word essay on a patriotic theme.
The theme for this past year, which is the 18th of the contest, is “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.”
There were nine entries for this contest.