8th Grader Wins Essay Contest

SMS Student Caleb Beauchamp takes 1st place in the regional Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

St. Mary’s School Congratulates Caleb Beauchamp for taking 1st place in the regional Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest conducted annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW website describes the essay as an opportunity for students in grades 6 – 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 138,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Caleb’s essay was chosen from among all of those submitted to VFW Post 12051. In addition to his essay being chosen and winning $100, Caleb’s essay will advance to the state level.