Long Branch: Long Branch Middle School students were recognized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Brighton Memorial Post 2140 on Monday, June 24 for their outstanding “Patriots Pen” in winning the essay writing competition for 2013.
The award winners were: First Place, Lobo Itzol; Second, Jasmine Hoagland; and Third Place, Amanda Giron. Principal Michael Viturello thanked them for being the kind of young people who will become good citizens.
The awards were presented by Mr. and Mrs. Avery and Annie Grant on behalf of Post Commander Daniel Julio and Auxiliary President Agnes Andolino.
Mr. Grant said the essay contest is intended to get young people to think about their country. “The government depends on your participation," he said. “Anything you do helps America. You should feel good about that.”
The Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest has 125,000 students participate across the country. The winner receives a $10,000 bond and a trip to Washington, D.C. Local, county and state competition winners progress to the national awards. The competition is part of a nationwide VFW program each year.