Each year the VFW sponsors the Patriot’s Pen essay contest giving sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students across the country the opportunity to voice those different feelings and opinions concerning patriotic themes. This year's topic was "The America I Believe In...."
Seneca Middle School eighth grader Holly Whaley learned that she is the local VFW post’s winner for this year’s contest. Holly’s essay says that the America she believes in is inspiring. In describing what she finds inspiring, Holly says this.
We are privileged to have this inspiring country because of the veterans who have worked and fought so hard to ensure that we have these freedoms today. In the words of President Ronald Reagan, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
Holly closes her essay with this statement, “While working together, we can inspire each other to make America a place where others dream of living and where new beginnings are a reality.”
Holly's winning essay will now proceed to the district level competition. From there, her essay could continue to the national contest where the prize is $5000 plus an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winning writer and a parent or guardian.