Three seventh-grade students from Snoqualmie Middle School were chosen Patriot’s Pen winners by VFW Post 2995 in Redmond and its Ladies Auxiliary for their winning letters in the the 2012 Patriot’s Pen Youth Writing Contest. Spencer Arons took first place in the essay competition, followed by Skyler Woolf in second place and Rudy Herman in third.
Arons and Woolf will advance to the district-level competition, and the chance to compete for various prizes and to advance to the national level. The national winner will receive $5,000 plus an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
SMS language arts teacher Rene Peterson also received an honor, the “Teacher of the Year” award for her commitment to teaching and encouraging students to express their opinions through writing.
Through the Patriot’s Pen youth writing competition, the VFW encourages sixth through eighth-grade students to examine the nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society. Students can express their opinions on patriotic themes, improve their writing skills and compete for awards and prizes.