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Memorial Students Recognized for Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition

Thirteen seventh and eighth grade students from Memorial were recognized by the Al Santos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7536 for written essays submitted as part of the V.F.W. Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest on Wednesday, December 3rd. Approximately fifty-eight Memorial students participated in the national writing competition, which is sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Students were required to compose an essay addressing this year’s theme, “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans”.   All participating students were rewarded with a pizza party, sponsored by V.F.W. Post 7536 in the Memorial Junior High library.

Ten students received a certificate, an Ohio President’s cancer pin featuring a gold eagle wrapped with a pink ribbon, and a $5.00 Target gift card in recognition of their strongly written essays.

1. Amiya Weaver
2. Naomi Samarasekera
3. Spencer Presley
4. Jaelynn Bailey
5. Robyn Patterson
6. Samaria Howard
7. Marina Hess
8. Santasia Turner
9. Elizabeth Fluharty
10. Emily Drenen

In addition, Mekaila Williford, Alexander Bailey and Abby Schneider were recognized for submitting the best essays and received a check for $100.00, along with a certificate and an Ohio President’s cancer pin. All three students’ essays will advance to the district level competition, with the chance to compete at the state level.

The SEL schools would like to thank the Al Santos V.F.W. Post 7536 for supporting our students, as well as congratulate all participating students for a job well done!

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