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Alstott wins pen prize

Monday, May 17, 2004

VFW Post 1127 Patriot's Pen youth essay contest winners were awarded Wednesday at North Clay Middle School. Front, left: Bree Traverse, 3rd place; Melissa Roberts, 2nd place and Rachel Alstott, 1st place. Back, Left: NCMS Principal Greg Linton, VFW Adjutant John Schraedly and VFW Quartermaster Les Waldon.

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.

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