Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8870 of Edmonds on Jan. 10 recognized the winners of its annual student essay contest.
This year’s national theme at the elementary level was “Why Are Men and Women Who Serve in the Military Special?” Finley Gonzales, a student at Endeavour Elementary School, was the fourth-grade winner. The fifth-grade winner was Margaret Moon, of Mukilteo Elementary School.
Runners-up were Joel Brannon, Abbey Summerville and Audrey Stewart, all of Mukilteo Elementary School, and Trevor Coble and Ethan Jacobsen, of Brier Elementary School.
The middle-school Patriot’s Pen essay contest theme was “The America I Believe In.” The winning entry came from Mohuwa Wahid, of Explorer Middle School. Mohuwa follows her sister, Lara, who was a two-time winner in the competition. The runner-up was Sara Hatab, of Olympic View Middle School.
In high school, the Voice of Democracy contest had students enter an audio essay on “My Responsibility to America.” Olivia Olsen won first place. She is a junior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Kamiak freshman Lara Wahid was a runner-up.
All the first-place winners received $100 scholarships. Runners-up received $25.
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