Hull Schools Announces Winners of Veterans Day Student Writing Contests

Hull Public Schools
Michael F. Devine, Superintendent
180 Harborview Road
Hull, MA 02045

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Hull Schools Announces Winners of Veterans Day Student Writing Contests

Voice of Democracy winners, left to right, Maximillian V. Iorio, Timothy A. O’Hayre and Nolan C. Tiani. (Courtesy photo)
Patriot’s Pen winners, left to right, Riley More, Veronica Fleming and Edie Brooks. (Courtesy photo)











HULL — Superintendent Michael Devine is pleased to announce the winners of two student writing contests, which coincided with Hull’s Veterans Day festivities over the weekend.

Every year, the James W. Richardson VFW Post 1787 sponsors two scholarship contests – Patriot’s Pen, for students in grades six through eight, and Voice of Democracy, for Hull High School students.

“Each year thousands of students across the country compete by writing and recording essays on patriotic themes,” Superintendent Devine said. “I am delighted that our high school and middle school students joined the many schools involved in these contests and thank the Hull VFW for coordinating these great competitions.”

The theme for this year’s speech writing competition for the high school students was, American History: Our Hope for the Future. The students wrote their own speeches and then recorded audio of themselves delivering their speech.

The winners of the high school competition, all freshmen, were:

  • First place – Timothy A. O’Hayre
  • Second place – Maximillian V. Iorio
  • Third place – Nolan C. Tiani

O’Hayre delivered his speech at the Hull Veterans Day ceremonies on Saturday. The winners each received medals and a cash prize.

Memorial Middle School students wrote essays about America’s Gift to My Generation.

The middle school winners were:

  • First place – Veronica R. Fleming, sixth grade
  • Second place – Riley More, seventh grade
  • Third place – Edie Belle Brooks, sixth grade

Each student submitted an original work in their own words. They were judged on their theme knowledge and development, originality and, for those who wrote speeches, their delivery.