VFW’s Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest

VFW’s Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest
Posted on 01/07/2020

They Write the Right Stuff

Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. Students were encouraged to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on the patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief: WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT.

Among 130 Wausau middle schoolers, two John Muir students earned recognition for their efforts. Riki Xiong and Addison Fochs both received “Honorable Mention” awards of $10 each. Not only did these young patriots win prizes from the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, but more importantly their ideas help all of us realize how students can possess a deep understanding of WHAT MAKES AMERICA GREAT!

Thank you to ALL students who offered their time and energy toward this worthwhile contest!


With America’s future in mind,


Mr. Boller

Middle School GT Resource Teacher