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Custer VFW's essay contest winners pose with Post Commander Chuck Anway. Photo courtesy of Custer VFW Auxiliary 9474

Custer VFW Post recognizes student essay contest winners

Custer Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9474 recently announced the Custer Post winners of the 2016-17 essay competitions. There are different essay contests for different grade levels including a Voice of Democracy audio-essay program for high school students. Winners at the Post level can go on to compete at district, state and ultimately the national level.

The theme for this year’s Washington Youth Essay contest for grades 3 through 5 was “Why are men and women who serve in the military special?”

3rd grade awards went to Mehrveer Sanghera (first place), Lilliana W. (second place) and Caiden Johnson (third place). 4th grade awards went to Kenyan Jackson (first place), Jane Durbin (second place) and Kenzie Bushnell (third place). 5th grade awards went to Angelica Khizhnyak (first place), Camden Raymond (second place) and Birgit Milton (third place).

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is open for students in grades 6, 7 and 8 and the theme for this year’s contest was “The America I Believe In.”

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6th grade awards went to Spencer Reynolds (first place), Melina Saxman (second place) and Peter Witzel (third place). 7th grade awards went to Nehemiah Jones (first place), Samuel Draper (second place) and Camryn Campbell (third place). 6th grade awards went to Nicholas Chen-see (first place) and Jasjot Sangera (second place).

The theme for the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship award this year was: “My responsibility to America.” Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The top national award for this contest is a $30,000 scholarship.

Audio essay first place at the Custer VFW Post went to Michael Erickson, second place to David Lane and third place to Camree Krawczak.

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All winning entries are sent to the Washington State VFW for consideration at the district and state levels.

Students are encouraged to compete in the 2017-18 competition. Contact any VFW Post or member for application forms. The application deadline is October 31st, 2017.

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