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Culver Middle School's Robert Frasier selected as VFW 2021 Teacher of the Year

COURTESY PHOTO - The presentation of wards for the Patriot Pen essay contest. Left to right: Patriot Pen chairman Richard Lohman; VFW Post 12141 Commander Leonard Hellwig; winners Brooklyn Nickerson and Giovanni Martinelli; runners-up Hope Wright and Gabriella Velasquez; and VFW ausiliary president Mary Soliz.

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).

COURTESY PHOTO - The presentation of awards for the Voice of Democracy essay contest. Left to right: Post Commander Leonard Hellwig; 2nd-place prize winner Kaitlin Webb; 1st-place prize winner Timothy 'TJ' Stout; auxiliary president Mary Soliz; Voice of Democracy Chairman Richard Lohman; auxiliary treasurer Judy Hellwig.

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.

COURTESY PHOTO - VFW Post 12141 selected Robert Frasier of Culver Middle School as the 2021 Teacher of the Year. Left to right: Judy Hellwig, auxilliary treasurer; post commander Leonard Hellwig; CMS teacher Robert Frasier; and Voice of Democracy chariman richard Lohman.

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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