Well-written essays have earned prizes for three Eagle Ridge Middle School 8th grade students in the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by Burnsville VFW Post 5833 recently.
Students in the community in grades 6-8 were invited to submit essays related to the theme of “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Members of the Post evaluated the entries and selected three winners, said Howard Lundin, commander of the Post.
All three winners are students at Eagle Ridge Middle School:
- 1st Place - Chayse Picard received $100
- 2nd Place - Elijah Simington received $75
- 3rd Place - Corrina Benson received $50
The students are in an honors literacy arts class taught by Mike Blair who introduced the essay contest to students by talking about the theme and the intended audience. They reviewed the rules and parameters (300-400 words) of the essay and how best to introduce, support and summarize their thoughts within those parameters.
Blair said it’s an authentic learning opportunity for his students. “They learned to write for an audience and to express their thoughts clearly and concisely,” he said.
“The students did a really good job on their essays,” said Lundin who was assisted in judging by 12 members of the Post. “We were impressed with the thought process that went into the essays, and also by the quality of the writing.”
Entries are due each year by Nov. 1 for the Patriot’s Pen Essay contest for students in grades 6-8 and the Voice of Democracy speech contest for students in grades 9-12.
Photo from left: Corrina Benson, Chayse Picard and Elijah Simington with their teacher Mike Blair, left, and Howard Lundin, VFW Post Commander.