Every year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) sponsor the nationwide essay contest, The Patriot Pen, for students grades sixth through eighth. Since 1947, the VFW has been dedicated to promoting patriotism through the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program.
This year, students across the nation were asked to write a 400 word essay in response to the theme, “America’s Gift to My Generation”. Over 3,000 entries were submitted from students in the state of Ohio, one of which being from New Richmond Elementary (NRE) student, Brock Lindner.
To enter the contest, students must write and submit this essay to their local VFW post. Essays are judged at three different levels: local, district, and state department. A student must place first at each level in order to advance.
The district is proud to announce that Brock has been selected as a one of the state finalist. As a finalist, Brock will presenting his essay at the upcoming VFW Midwinter Banquet where the first place winner will be announced. The first place winner receives $500 and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete at the national level.
NRE Principle, Mrs. Kunz stated, “On behalf of everyone at New Richmond Elementary and the NREVSD, we want to congratulate Brock on this incredible achievement!”