The VFWs Patriots Pen essay contest reveals great local middle school writers

Every year, the Sandy Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary hold essay contests for local middle and high school students.

This year, certificates of achievement and cash awards totaling more than $1,000 were awarded to students in Sandy, Boring, Damascus, Estacada and surrounding areas.

The middle school competition is known as the “Patriot’s Pen,” and the high school students participate in the “Voice of Democracy” competition.

At the Post level this year, Keeley Rasmussen won first place, Emma Donahue took second place and Mara Fenwick took third place. All three students are from Cedar Ridge Middle School.

At the district level, Karli Shields from Boring Middle School won first place, and Emma Donahue took third.

The VFW also recognizes a teacher of the year. This year, the award went to Robert Farris, social studies teacher at Boring Middle School.

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