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Patriot's Pen Award winner

posted Mar 24, 2015, 2:29 AM by Jotham Oliver   [ updated Mar 24, 2015, 1:47 PM ]

Back in the fall MESA had a few students participate in the VFW's Patriot Pen essay contest. The purpose of the essay according to the site: Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

Hats off to Edward Thurston for not only winning the county, then he placed second in the western district. In all, Edward won $150 dollars but took away so much more from the experience.