The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
On November 11th, the Patriot’s Pen finalists and winner read their essay at the Wayne Highlands Middle School Veterans Day Assembly. Phil Sheehan represented the local VFW, where he introduced the Patriot’s Pen, finalists and winner. In attendance were staff, students, and veterans.
Do I have to do this?
Yes, every 8th grader must write an essay
A requirement to pass the 1st Trimester
What will I need to do?
write an essay no LESS than 300 words
no MORE than 400 words
must be your OWN writing
cannot identify yourself or use names that could identify who you are
parents can correct
final due date~about the 3rd week of October
Cannot put name on final essay, I will show you how to correctly identify your paper
other dates will be given as you work on your essay
Title of essay: Does Patriotism Still Matter." What is "patriotism"????
Showing your love and support for America
Patriotism is a love and devotion to a country or homeland for no other reason than being a resident there.
devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty
OK, how does this work?
You will each write an essay
Everyone will use the same title
you will be given at least 5 school days if not more in the computer lab
I will do a check half-way through, you will earn extra points if your parent checks it over with you
I will show you what the final copy must look like, because you will hand in two copies:
One for a grade, to be given to me with your name on it
One for the contest, without your name and a special number on it.
You will have about three different due dates with the final one being about the 3rd week in Oct.
Members of the local VFW were present at Chester Boren Middle School this morning to award three CBMS students for their Patriot Pen Essays. Each winner earned $25 and a medal from the Centralia VFW.
Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.