The Veterans of Foreign Wars 1127 awarded the winners of their Patriot's Pen youth essay contest Wednesday at North Clay Middle School. All winners received a certificate and a monetary prize.
First Place was won by 7th grader Rachel Alstott. She received a check for $150. Second Place winner, 8th grader Melissa Roberts accepted a check for $100. Bree Traverse, 8th grade, won third place and $50.
Patriot's Pen is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades 6, 7 and 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Last year more than 100,000 students participated in the annual contest.
Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme. This year's theme title was "My Dreams for America". The national first place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.
Rachel Alstott's entry was submitted at the state level but did not advance.