Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners

‘America’s Gift to My Generation’

Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Auxiliary to Post 2394 Post level winners in the annual Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest:

Patriot's Pen 2017


1st place – Ruby Robicheau

2nd place – Jillian Bakey

3rd place – Eleanor Ferris


Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. This years theme is America’s Gift to My Generation. 

More than 120,000 students participated last year in this contest. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the winner and a parent or guardian.

Post level winners advance, one for every 15 entries, to the VFW District (regional) level where the one first-place winner advances to the VFW Department (state) level. The one first-place winner at the Department level advances to the national competition.


Essays are judged on how well the writer understands, develops and presents the theme. A positive approach is recommended to express viewpoint. 

Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: A thorough knowledge of the theme must be demonstrated with extensive research of the issue.

Theme development is worth 35 points:  Answered all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Related the theme to personal experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: The essay is in an easy-to-understand format, leaving the reader with a clear understanding of the explanation of the theme.


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