Dustin Jorgensen, a teacher at Staunton Elementary, was awarded the V.F.W.'s Teacher of the Year award.
Jorgensen was described as "a teacher who enjoys being a teacher" and "an inspiration to students and parents."
Jorgensen, in addition to teaching at Staunton Elementary, is the coach of the Northview High School boys' soccer team. He also plays trombone in the Brazil Concert Band and the Jackson Township Concert Band.
Jorgensen was awarded a certificate, plaque and a cash reward from the V.F.W and Women's Auxiliary.
Next, North Clay Middle School student Zachary Szekely was given the Voices of Democracy Patriot's Pen award.
Szekely wrote an essay to the founding fathers of the United States about the many reasons why he is proud of our country.
Szekely's essay focused on his admiration of the founding fathers, saying, "without them, none of what we have today would be possible."