Local students, WPMS teacher win VFW awards

Conner Meston of Grand Haven took first place in the annual Sgt. Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326 Voice of Democracy competition.
Tribune Staff
Feb 14, 2012


He won $100 from the Grand Haven post for his speech.

Rebecca Hochhuth of Spring Lake took second place, earning $75; and Alyssa Henderson of Spring Lake took third place, receiving $50.

Meston’s speech was submitted to the next level of judging, at the district level, where it took third place and he was presented a certificate and check. 

The Voice of Democracy competition is open to high school students. This year’s theme was: “Is there pride in serving in the military.”

Hannah Kenny won the Grand Haven post’s Patriot Pen essay contest, open to middle school students. She earned $100.

Taking second place was Gabbie Hollar, who won $75; and Nathaniel Hatton took third place for $50.

All three students are from Grand Haven. This year’s theme for the essay was: “Are you proud of your country.”

At the district level, Kenny took first place to earn a certificate and $200; while Hollar took second place.

Kenny’s essay was forwarded to the state level, where she took third place and earned a $500 prize.

In the Teacher of the Year category, White Pines Middle School teacher Michelle Maitner took first place at both the local and district level for grades 6-8.


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