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‘Patriots Pen’ & ‘Voice of Democracy’ Essay Winners Named

Students Win Local VFW Essay Contest


The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4451, hosted the contestants of the annual ‘Patriots Pen’ and ‘Voice of Democracy’ Essay contests at the Frank Fried American Legion Facility in Acorn on November 17. Dinner was served by the Post’s Ladies Auxiliary.

Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Youth Essay Contests.  This contest encourages our youth to examine America’s history by writing a 300-400 word essay based on a theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”

Local winners of the ‘Patriot Pen’ contest were all in the 6th grade from Mena Middle School. First place went to Alexia Howard, winning $300. Second place was awarded to London Copelin, winning $200. Third place was given to Micah Smith winning $100.

Winners of the ‘Voice of Democracy’ contest were Katelin Haines, from Mena, winning first place and $500; Alyson Nichols, of Acorn, second place, winning $400; and third place went to Nickalaus Soler, of Mena, who won $300.

The winning essays will now be entered into the VFW District Level, with the possibility of winning larger prizes, and advancing to the VFW Department of Arkansas. Winners of that contest will move on to the national level. The yearly contest is open to all school districts. ‘Patriots Pen’ is open to grades 7-9 and the ‘Voice of Democracy’ is open to grades 10-12. Total prize money exceeds $25,000.



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