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Bay Farm Middle School Student Named Finalist of VFW's Patriots Pen Award

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nicole Johnson, Bay Farm middle school student, was named a finalist of The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)’s Patriot’s Pen Award after winning first place at the local Marshfield VFW Post.  She attended a special awards presentation on January 17th in Marshfield.

The goal of the Patriot’s Pen Award is to encourage students to reflect on American history and their own perspective and experiences.  Students had to write a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.  Nicole wrote an essay expressing her view on the theme, “The America I Believe In”. 

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.