NASELLE — Six students at the Naselle School were presented with awards as winners of two writing and speaking competitions sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and conducted through Post 3721 in Long Beach.

The awards were presented on Nov. 21 at the Naselle School. The two competitions are “Patriots Pen” and “Voice of Democracy.” The “Patriots Pen” competition requires students in the sixth to eighth grades to write an essay. This year’s topic was “Why I Honor the American Flag.” The “Voice of Democracy” competition, open to students in grades nine through 12, requires the student to prepare an essay and then to record the essay for presentation. This year’s theme was “Why My Vote Matters.”

There were 22 entries from Naselle. “Voice of Democracy” competition winners were Joshua Daniel Chadwick, first place; Travis L. Popkin, second; and Echo S. Cenci, third.

For the “Patriots Pen”: Brayden Michael Colombo, first; Delaney May Kragerud, second; Melody Miller, third.

Thanks were expressed to Naselle teachers, specifically Diane Bennett, and the school staff for support provided to the students.

A separate competition was conducted at Hilltop School in Ilwaco, and those winners will be recognized at a school assembly on Dec. 3.

Each first place winner will have their entry forwarded to the next level of competition for judging and awards. The National Prize “Patriots Pen” is a cash award of $5,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. The National Prize for “Voice of Democracy” is a $30,000 college scholarship.

Entries also can be made by students who are being home schooled.

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