PATRIOTS PEN

LL to R Scott Jamison RI VFW Auxiliary President, Carolyn Lafferty RI Patriots Pen Winner, Keith Harmon Commander in Chief VFW of America, Ray Blanda Commander RI VFW
 
North Kingstown Student wins VFW of RI Patriots Pen Essay Contest

The VFW Department of RI is pleased to announce that Carolyn Lafferty, an 8th grade student from Wickford Middle School, is the RI first-place winner of the VFW’s 2018-19 Patriot's Pen youth essay contest.  Carolyn Tuttle, who was sponsored by North Kingstown VFW Post 152, wrote her winning essay based on this year’s theme, "Why I Honor the American Flag.”
 
The three Patriot’s Pen District winners were honored at an awards Banquet Saturday. With Carolyn’s 1st place win, she received a check for $250.00. She was also presented a Certificate of Special Recognition from RI Director of Veteran Affairs Kasim Yarn on behalf of Governor Gina Raimondo. Over 300 Rhode Island students participated in the competition this year. As one of 53 finalists worldwide, Carolyn Lafferty will compete at the national level for individual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.
 
Carolyn’s father, Jason currently serving on active duty with the RI National Guard, and mother Beth former Army nurse where on hand for the occasion along with numerous family members. Carolyn will be honored for her achievements in the coming weeks at Wickford Middle School where she will also receive awards from the North Kingstown VFW Post and from VFW District 3 which comprises South County.
  
The Patriot’s Pen essay contest encourages students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $54,500, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 
 
Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $55,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. 

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply? While the deadline to submit an entry into the 2018-19 competition has passed, read the rules and eligibility requirements to prepare for next year's competition.  

The 2018-19 theme is: 
Why I Honor the American Flag
 
About the 2017-18 winner ...

Karolina Mazur, an eighth-grade student from Glyndon, Md., was named the 2017-18 Patriot's Pen first-place winner. Her essay on the theme, "America's Gift to My Generation," won her a $5,000 award. Karolina was sponsored by VFW Post 521 and its Auxiliary in Owings Mills, Md.

Watch Karolina deliver her winning essay, or see the complete list of 2018 national winners.