Five Wapakoneta City Schools District students received recognition Tuesday evening from the Wapakoneta VFW for their efforts in a national essay contest.
“These are great programs to help the kids along,” VFW Commander Delmar Merricle said. “It’s great to see all these essays — the kids really put a lot of effort into them.”
Seventh- and eighth-graders competed in the “VFW Patriots Pen” essay contest, and high school students competed in the “VFW Voice of Democracy.” 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.
“We’re all about the kids,” Merricle said. “We hope the best for them.”
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.