Patriot’s Pen essays advance to area’s district competition
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Over 60 people were impressed by the VFW Auxiliary Patriot’s Pen winners at the Imperial VFW Sunday night.
First place went to Parker Dillan, second place to Allison Owings and third place to Rylie Mintling, all eighth grade students at Chase County Schools.
Over 70 entries for the competition were received, according to VFW Post Commander P.J. Pajerski, who said, “The judges had a tough time.”
“We’re in the top two posts of the state each year on the number of entries,” he observed.
All three winners will continue to district competition later this year.
Dillan, son of Brad and Terri Dillan of Imperial, was awarded $50. Owings, daughter of Justin Owings of Champion, received $35, while Mintling, daughter of Diane and Trent Zwickl and Ryan and Lisa Mintling of Imperial, received $25.
There were no high school Voice of Democracy entries received this year, which Pajerski labeled a disappointment.
Carol Thompson of Wauneta, District 4 Auxiliary President and past state president, was a special guest at the meal Sunday night.