ASHTABULA — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 943 will present $1,000 in college scholarships Thursday when it names three local winners of its annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest.
The winners will receive their awards at 9 a.m. at Lakeside Junior High School’s Veterans Appreciation assembly.
Patriot’s Pen scholarship competitions have helped foster patriotism by challenging middle school students to examine the nation’s history, its democratic processes and their role in America’s future.
Thirty-seven Lakeside Junior High School students addressed this year’s “How Can I Be A Good American” theme, said VFW District 7 Senior Vice President, Luke Sawicki, a Navy veteran from Ashtabula.
Raising today’s youth to be patriotic, civic-minded Americans is important to veterans, he said.
“Overall, the essays were very impressive,” said Sawicki, who chairs Ashtabula’s Patriot’s Pen contest. “They had a lot of heart and that’s what we look for.”
Patriot’s Pen competitions help mold today’s students into the great leaders of tomorrow, according to the VFW website.
The essay was to be no less than 300 words and could not exceed 400 words.
The VFW Post 943 hopes the $1,000 presented on Thursday will help open doors to a bright, promising future for these young people, according to its website.