Ipswich, MA VFW Post announced today that Ipswich Middle School Student Stella Schulz has won the Postâ€™s 2016 Patriotâ€™s Pen Contest
Online PR News – 15-December-2016 – Ipswich, MA – The VFW Patriot's Pen 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. This yearâ€™s theme is "The America I believe In."
Ms. Schultz's essay wove themes of freedom, bravery, community, unity and determination into her submission.
Post 1093 Patriot's Pen program chairman Bob Metz commented, "Stella's entry offered a moving and compelling perspective on the ties that bind Americans. She spoke of the words of Dr. Martin Luther King and the power of the shared experience of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing patriotic songs in elementary school."
Each year Ipswich VFW Post 1093 solicits entries from area schools including Ipswich, Newburyport, Hamilton Wenham, Triton and Masco as well as St Johns Prep.
"We're thrilled to have Stella's accomplishment recognized in the community and appreciate the efforts of 6th grade language arts teacher Rochelle Rubino to share this opportunity with students and encourage their participation," commented Ipswich Middle School Principal David Fabrizio.
As a Post 1093 Patriotâ€™s Pen winner Ms Schultz will receive a cash prize from the Post, a certificate recognizing her entry, a pin denoting her top selection from among Ipswich Middle School entries and a plaque to denote her success at the Post level. A plaque will also be presented to the Middle School Principal in recognition of the schoolâ€™s sponsoring the winning entry.
Additionally Ms. Schultz will now compete at the District level, and then perhaps the Department (state) level as she seeks to advance to the National level to compete for more than $50,000 in available prize money and recognition.
Friends, family, faculty, school administrators and media are invited to the Post award ceremony which will be held on Thursday 12 January from 6:30-7:00 pm at VFW Post 1093, 110 County Road, Ipswich, MA (colocated with the Ipswich Family YMCA.)
More information on VFW Post 1093 school programs is available here. http://myvfw.org/ma/post1093/contact/vfw-post-1093-2016-2017-national-school-program-information/
About VFW Post 1093: Founded in 1946, VFW Post 1093 active members live in Ipswich and a number of towns on the North Shore while participating members live throughout the US. We are a charter member of the North Shore Veterans Collaborative, and our membership includes veterans of most conflicts since WWII. The NSVC and our community participation is built on a unique partnership with the YMCA of the Northshore. The VFW is physically co-located with the Ipswich Family YMCA and energetically innovates programs to support the Ipswich community as well as veterans and their families in New England and beyond. Our members joined the military for the opportunity to serve, and they join our post to continue that service in meaningful ways and to foster the comradeship which so many cherished during their time in the service. New members are welcome.