Local VFW post names top teacher, rewards students for patriotic essays
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12141 of Madras proudly announce winners of the Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy essay winners, plus the Teacher of the Year for 2021.
The Patriot Pen essay theme was "How Can I Be A Good American." This was open to middle school students, grades six through eight.
Due to the amount of entrants, we had three first place winners. Each winner received a check for $200. Winners are Giovanni Martinelli (home school student), Brooklyn Nickerson (Jefferson County Middle School) and Roeshelle Noy (Culver Middle School). Runners-up are Hope Wright (home school student), Gabriella Velasquez (Culver Middle School) and Angel Noy (Culver Middle School).
The Voice of Democracy essay theme was "America, Where Do We Go From Here". This was open to high school students, grades nine through 12.
This year's winners were both from Madras High School. First-place winner is Timothy "TJ" Stout with a prize of $500, and second-place winner is Kaitlin Webb with a prize of $200.
The Teacher of the Year was open to all teachers from elementary, middle school and high school. Parents, principals or fellow teachers can nominate any teacher they deem qualified. Only one teacher is selected from all grade levels.
The Teacher of the Year for 2021 is Robert Frasier from Culver Middle School. He received a prize of $100.
Student and teacher winners are entered in District 10 competition which comprises Central Oregon. Winners then move onto State (Department) level ad finally onto National level in Washington D.C.
Students and teachers, be on the alert for new themes to be announced later this spring. This is open to home school students also. Good luck to next year's entrants.
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