Washougal students recently earned recognition in three local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay competitions.
Veterans from VFW Post 4278 visited classrooms across the Washougal School District last month to present awards to the Patriot’s Pen youth essay, Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship program and State Junior Essay winners.
The awards reflect students’ efforts “to thoughtfully articulate their understanding and appreciation of American values and democracy,” according to a news release.
“Democracy is important because it means everyone has a voice,” said Washougal High student Jordan Stepp, who took first place in the Voice of Democracy competition.
Jemtegaard students Emberlee Ellsworth, Kaidence Powell, Natalie Lawrence, Kylie Woodruff, and Sky Pineda-Lamkin, and Canyon Creek seventh-grader Avery Crain were awarded honors in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest, which challenged students to describe how they are inspired by America.