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The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) of Calabash Post 7288 participated in the VFW’S national “Patriot Pen Program.”
The program is an annual competition open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students enrolled in public, private or parochial schools, and home-schooled students. The students are required to write a 300-400 word essay based on a theme that differs from year to year.
VFW posts and their ladies auxiliary sponsor the competition and judge the essays based on knowledge of the theme, did the student answer all the relevant facts of the theme (such as who, what, where, when and why?) and the clarity of the writing. Post winners advance to VFW district (regional) competition and the district’s first-place winner then advances to the VFW department (state) level. The state winner then competes to the national level with the national winner receiving a $10,000 savings bond.
The program’s essay theme this year was “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” The Patriot Pen winners, all from Cedar Grove Middle School, received gift cards (purchased by the VFW post) and certificates of appreciation presented March 15 at the school. The winners were first place, Kaytlin Lake, second place, Clara Jesina, and third place, Sarah Blake.
More information about the Patriot Pen Program and the other VFW/Ladies Auxiliary scholarship programs is available at www.vfw.org.