GH boy’s patriotism essay takes 5th place in nation

A White Pines Middle School eighth-grader recently won a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond for taking fifth place in the country for an essay he wrote on patriotism. Schaefer Thelen's essay was originally part of a class project at the school with the theme, "Does patriotism still matter?' Thelen's work took first place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars district level, earning him a $200 prize. Thelen's essay advanced to the VFW state level, where it also took first place and a $1,000 prize.
Tribune Staff
Jul 8, 2011


The national prize was recently presented to Thelen by VFW officials for the organization’s annual Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen contest.

All together, the homework assignment from Michelle Morrisey’s class earned Thelen prizes totaling $6,200.

This September, the VFW will again offer students a chance to participate in the Voice of Democracy for high school students and the Patriot Pen essay contest for middle school students. This year’s subject or theme for Voice of Democracy is: “Is there pride in serving in the military?” The subject or theme for Patriot Pen is: “Are you proud of your country?”


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