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Winning entries for writing contest were selected from 13; MHS instructor named Teacher of Year.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Participants in this year's VFW Patriot's Pen contest from Jefferson County Middle School received certificates from VFW member Rich Lohman, back left. Students receiving certificates included, back row, from left, Kaitlyn Martin, Savanah Richardson, Cecilia Gonzalez, Sandra Herbert, Jasmine Perez-Rueter, and Dulce Orozco. Front row, left to right, included Syrayah Bilbruck, Yasmin Gil Cortez, Grace Fang, Hannah Pope, and Zoey Ledvina. Not pictured were Celeste Reynoso and Jaimee Ellis. Sandra Herbert and Cecilia Gonzalez were this year's winners. 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12141, of Madras, has announced the winners of the Patriot's Pen and Teacher of the Year contests.

For the 2018-19 Patriot's Pen competition, which is for students in grades six through eight, students wereare asked to reflect on the statement, "Why I Honor the American Flag."

Thirteen students from Jefferson County Middle School entered the contest in the fall. Sandra Herbert and Cecilia Gonzalez were the local winners, but all 13 students received certificates.

Winners are able to compete for awards at the district level.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Madras High School JROTC instructor, retired U.S Army Capt. Kip Briggs, right, was named High School Teacher of the Year for Madras VFW Post 12141, and for all of Central Oregon from VFW District 10 officials. Commander Duane Ledford, left, presents the award. 
The 2018-19 Teacher of the Year award was presented to Capt. Kip Briggs, the JROTC instructor at Madras High School.

Briggs, who is retired from the U.S. Army, was also chosen by VFW District 10 officials as the Teacher of the Year for all of Central Oregon.

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