Patriotís Pen essay winner

Areesha Nouman

Congratulations to Areesha Nouman of Westlake for her second-place essay entry in the second annual Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Students submitted their essays to the Strongsville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and have all advanced to the district competition. Participating students had to write pieces that answered the question, “How Can I Be A Good American?”. 

Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000.

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. 

Cynthia McNaughton

Cindy McNaughton is the Director of PR & Marketing at Birchwood School of Hawken. She enjoys sharing news about student achievement and character development. She is a resident of Cleveland with her husband, Jim, and their three children.  

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 9:50 AM, 12.21.2021