Students recognized for patriotic essays
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Six students at Chase County Schools were recognized Sunday as local winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests, sponsored by the Imperial VFW and auxiliary.
They joined an estimated 25 veterans and their families as special guests for the annual Veterans Day potluck supper at the hall.
After the meal, the students read their essays.
Students in grades 9-12 participate in the Voice of Democracy contest. Their essay topic this year was “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?”
Taking first place in the high school division was Bethany Sorensen, second was Spencer Hartman and Abby Polly was third. All are sophomores.
For students in grades 6-8, there is the Patriot’s Pen contest. This year’s essay theme was “Does Patriotism Still Matter?”
Winners in this division were eighth grader Mitsy Cardoso, first; Kadyn Milner, second, a sixth grader; and Tyler Jennings, third, an eighth grader.
All first, second and third place winners in both divisions received cash awards.
VFW Auxiliary President Sue Moore said they were able to send in five essays in each division from CCS students to the district competition, where first place winners will be chosen and go on to state competition.
More than 85 people attended Sunday night’s dinner and program.