Superintendent Cyndy S. Taymore
360 Lynn Fells Parkway
Melrose , MA 02176
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Students Win Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest
MELROSE– Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School (MVMMS) Principal Brent Conway is pleased to announce that 10 students are recipients of the Patriot’s Pen Essay scholarship contest.
Every year, the Sgt. Harold O. Young VFW Post 2394 sponsors a scholarship contest, the Patriot’s Pen Essay, for students in grades six through eight.
This year, the theme was “The America I Believe in.” Students were required to submit an original work in their own words, without identifying themselves in the essay.
“What’s great about this contest is it gets students thinking about not only prevalent and relevant topics that they discuss in class and in every day life by interacting with our veteran community, but also about investing in their future as they work toward earning financial assistance for college,” Principal Conway said. “I want to congratulate our scholarship recipients and commend all students who took the time to think about and respond to this topic.”
Students submitted a 300 to 400 word essay on the topic on Nov. 1. Essays were judged on knowledge of the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas. Winners were announced on Dec. 9.
The top three winners of the contest received $50 from the VFW Post, with the remaining earning $25.
- Jillian Bakey – sixth grade
- Olivia Frakt – sixth grade
- Madeline Nerden – seventh grade
- Laney McCarthy – sixth grade
- Nathan Wright – sixth grade
- Victor Mwangi – sixth grade
- Gio Bigord – sixth grade
- Lilli Bonacorsi – sixth grade
- Randall Sullivan – eighth grade
- Ruby Robicheau – seventh grade