Patriot's Pen

Patriot’s Pen winners receiving checks and medals from the VFW for their impressive essays. From left are Whitley Williamson, 7th grade teacher; Barrett Love, 1st place winner; Carli Zakrzewicz, 3rd place winner; Sonya Covalt, 8th grade teacher; Dr. Curtis Bohlman, VFW representative. Not pictured is Gunner Murphy, 2nd place winner and Denise Clark, 7th grade teacher. (Photo by Dawnita Fogleman)

Several students from area schools participated in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest this year.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) conducts an essay contest each year for 6th through 8th graders. Winners are chosen from each district with each first place winner sent in for a statewide judging. Then each first place state winning essay is sent for a national award.

Over 290 students from Fort Supply, Sharon-Mutual and Woodward addressed the patriotic theme of “Why I Honor the American Flag” in a 300 to 400 word essay. 

Local Auxiliary and the VFW of Woodward announced the winners, all from Woodward Middle School. Carli Zakrzewicz, 8th grader in Sonya Covalt’s class, won third place and received a check for $50. Gunner Murphy,  7th grader in Whitney Williamson’s class, won second place receiving a check for $125. Barrett Love, 7th grader in Denise Clark’s class, received $250 check and won first place. All three students also received a medal.

Awards were presented to the students by VFW Post 1335 Patriot’s Pen Chairman Curtis O. “Doc” Bohlman, M.D.

Nineteen essays were forwarded to VFW District 15 for further judging. The district winner will then advance to state finals.