Three Assumption Students Advance to Post Level VFW Essay Contest
February 07, 2024

Three Assumption Students Advance to Post Level VFW Essay Contest

Congratulations to Assumption School students, Talon Gantner, eighth grade; Samuel Marek, sixth grade; and Ellie Davis, sixth grade for writing the winning school essays for the 2023-24 Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5077 Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest! Each of the essays will be judged against other school essays for a chance to advance to the district level, and possibly moving forward to the state and national levels.

Members of VFW Post 5077 in O’Fallon judged each Assumption School essay completion submitted through Mrs. Stacy Chassaniol’s Social Studies class, and the winners were announced during an awards luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 4 at the VFW. Gantner was honored with a first place award, Marek took home second place, and Davis was announced as the third place winner or Assumption.

Each year, nearly 68,800 students in sixth through eighth grades enter the essay contest for their share in more than $1 million in state and national awards. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine history along with their own experiences in modern American society by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW’s Commander-in-Chief. The 2023-2024 theme “How Are You Inspired by America?” secured a win for the three Assumption School students.

A leader in education, Assumption Catholic School in O’Fallon is a proud participant of the annual Patriot's Pen essay contest. Best of luck to this year’s Assumption School post level winners.

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