VFW Commander Delmar Merricle and Junior Vice President Craig Link present Emma Walker with an award for Voice of Democracy essay.
Five Wapakoneta City Schools District students received recognition Tuesday evening from the Wapakoneta VFW for their efforts in a national essay contest.
â€śThese are great programs to help the kids along,â€ť VFW Commander Delmar Merricle said. â€śItâ€™s great to see all these essays â€” the kids really put a lot of effort into them.â€ť
Seventh- and eighth-graders competed in the â€śVFW Patriots Penâ€ť essay contest, and high school students competed in the â€śVFW Voice of Democracy.â€ť VFW officers chose the best essays out of those submitted.
Students were all awarded framed certificates and the top three were given monetary awards of $50, $75 and $100, which Merricle said should be used to help further their educations.
â€śWeâ€™re all about the kids,â€ť Merricle said. â€śWe hope the best for them.â€ť
Junior Vice Commander Craig Link awarded the Voice of Democracy winners and trustee Doug Slattery awarded the Patriots Pen winners.
For more information about the VFW essay contest winners, see the Wednesday, Nov. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.