Every year, the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts two Patriot’s Pen essay contests, one for junior high and one for senior high students across the United States.
The top prize for senior high students at the national level is $30,000. The top prize for junior high students at the national level is $5,000.
The different levels of selection start at the Post level, which may involve several posts in a major city.
The next level is District level, which involves several cities in the District, then State level, which encompasses as District winners throughout the state.
Finally, each state sends its winner to compete at the National level.
This year, three eighth-grade students from Lourdes Central Catholic were selected as winners for Nebraska City’s John E. Walls VFW Post 2634.
Students had to write a 300- to 400-word essay on “Why I Honor the American Flag.”
Third-place winner was Nolan Beccard.
Second-place winner was Kassidy Olson.
First-place winner was Jada Lyons.
Past Post Commander and Essay Chairman Roger L. Kopf and Post Adjutant/Quartermaster Gary Hobbie presented the awards to the students.
Lyons will move on to compete at the District level, where her essay will be judged against entries from ning other city’s Post winners.
Students can continue to enter the Patriot’s Pen contest annually through their senior year of high school.