Camas students fare well at essay contest

‘Patriot’s Pen,’ includes local and regional winners

Hannah Morris

Justine Pendergraft

Two Camas students will move on in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen essay contest.

Hannah Morris, a home-schooled sixth-grader and Justine Pendergraft, a Skyridge Middle School seventh-grader, were recently honored for their winning essays, “What Freedom Means to Me.”

Both will move on to the state level after receiving first-place awards in a ceremony conducted in Camas.

Each year more than 125,000 students in grades six to eight enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest.

The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level.

The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief.