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Students Celebrate Patriotism In Essay Contest

January 30, 2014

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. Mitchell Middle School students compete with other local middle schools and take home awards in the Veteran of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.
Every year, the eighth grade Honors English students at Mitchell Middle School submit essays for the Veteran of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. This is a nation-wide essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) with awards ranging from $50, to the grand prize of $5,000 including a trip to Washington D.C.
This year, students wrote a 300-400 word essay to the topic, “What Patriotism Means to Me.” Their essays are judged on theme knowledge, theme development, and clarity of ideas. Honors English teachers, Sharon Sutherland and Amy Strawn, worked hard to prepare students for this essay contest.
This time, Mitchell Middle School students swept the contest and took home first, second, and third place in the regional level. Peyton Cardoza was the first place winner and was awarded $200. Second place winner, Matthew Roussve, received $75, and third place winner, Kelcy Lucero, received $50.
These students and their families attended an award ceremony at the Rancho Cordova Moose Lodge, on January 28, where numerous veterans came to celebrate and congratulate the winners.
At the ceremony, Cardoza had the pleasure of reading her essay. In her heartwarming essay, she thanked her father, a police officer, for being the perfect example of patriotism. Winning the regional level, Cardoza has advanced to the next round of competition.
Cardoza said, “Writing about patriotism and what it means to me was an eye opening experience…and it is something I don’t think I will ever forget.”
Hannah Chu, Public Relations Intern
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