Earlier this month, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds recognized several area students who participated in the annual National VFW Essay contest, including students from Terrace Park Elementary School and Brier Terrace Middle School.
Lori Kutrick, a sixth grade teacher at Terrace Park Elementary School, had her entire class submit entries into the student competition. First-place honors in that age group went to Mark Cortezzo, while Vania Liu took second place and Walid Sheykno and Taiyo Hayes were named runners’ up.
This year’s winning essay for 3rd grade was submitted by Samuel Haikel, a student at Providence Classical Christian School in Lynnwood. Two of Haikel’s classmates, Savannah Backholm and Kalinn Hilt, were runners-up.
The theme of this year’s Youth Essay contest for elementary school students was “My American Here is …l?” Winners in each category received a $100 scholarship from Post #8870. Second place finishers received $50 scholarships, while runners-up received $25 scholarships.
The Patriot’s Pen essay contest was open for middle school students grades 6-8, with the theme for this year’s contest being “What Patriotism Means to Me.” The winning entry was submitted by Olivia Olson, an eighth grader at Brier Terrace Middle School. This was the second consecutive year the Olson submitted the winning essay.
Prior to the presentation of awards and the reading of the winning entries on Jan. 10, all the students led the Post members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance and treated everyone to a recitation of the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States.
The winning entries have been forwarded to the Washington State VFW for consideration at the district and state levels. More information about the Post’s activities and programs can be obtained by visiting their website at www.vfw8870.org.