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VFW to award Craig Middle School writing contest winners

Lauren Blair

Veterans of Foreign Wars members Mark Wick and Johnny Garcia will present awards to winners of the 2014 Patriot's Pen contest at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Craig Middle School. Approximately 14 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders participated in the contest this year, which is sponsored by the national VFW.

"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," according to the VFW website.

This year's theme, which is chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief, is, "Why I Appreciate America's Veterans."

First, second and third place winners will receive $75, $50 and $25 in spree bucks, according to Wick. All other participants will receive $5 in spree bucks for participating.

The first place winner will move on to the state level, which is followed by a national competition. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.