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ArlingtonMiddle-schoolers honored in VFW essay contest

Middle-schoolers honored in VFW essay contest

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St. Ann School students Genevieve Cribb and Collin Berke received awards in the John F. Lyon VFW Post 3150 Patriot’s Pen essay competition.

Cribb won first place and Berke took second in the contest, which asked students to write on the topic “How Can I Be a Good American?”

The students recently received awards from VFW Post 3150 Commander Nancy Springer.

Each year, 165,000 students in grades 6-8 compete in the Patriot’s Pen competition, sharing $1.4 million in awards. The national first-place winner will receive $5,000.


The post also honored Gunhee Lee, a student at Episcopal High School, as its first-place winner in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest on the topic of “America: Where Do We Go from Here?”

The Voice of Democracy competition, established in 1947, each year draws 65,000 students nationally in grades 9-12 who compete for $2.3 million in scholarships, including a $30,000 top prize.

John Lyon VFW Post 3150 was founded in 1935 and named in honor of U.S. Army Lt. John Lyon, a local resident who was killed in action in France in October 1918 and posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his efforts to rescue a wounded officer on the battlefield.

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