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VFW Post 4309 Awards Students And Teachers On Jan. 14


Last updated 1/21/2019 at 3:24pm

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From left to right are Mike Shotwell, Sarah Partin, Josiah Partin, his dad, David, Steve Powell and Charles Holden.

Every year beginning with the new school year, the VFW conducts scholarship and teacher recognition programs. The scholarships are offered to middle school and high school students nationwide and the teachers on elementary, middle and high school levels are recognized.

The local awards are normally presented in December but because of the snow, the event had to be postponed. A dinner to present the awards took place on Monday, Jan. 14, at the VFW Post 4309 building on Nicholson Creek Road in Brevard.

Nationally, the Patriot's Pen Scholarship, a middle school essay contest, awards $54,500 in scholarships nationwide ranging from a first place prize of $5,000 to a 53rd place of $500. This year's theme was "Why I Honor the American Flag."

The first place winner was Raquel Pizzo of Brevard Middle School, second place was Josiah Partin of Bethany Christian School, and third place was Madison Browne Brewton, of Brevard Academy. They each received a citation and a monetary award from the VFW.

An excerpt of Pizzo's essay reads "Our generation should honor our flag with the combination of victory over oppressors, new beginnings, hope, freedom to live; along with our modern understanding of how we continue to be the "Protector of the World" with technologically innovative ideas ensuring the healing of our planet, as opposed to the destruction of it."

The Voice of Democracy Scholarship is a high school essay contest in which the student records their essay. Nationally, $154,000 are awarded in scholarships ranging from first place of $30,000 to 53rd place of $1,000. This year's theme was "Why My Vote Matters." The winner was Chase Bishop of Brevard High School. He too received a citation and a monetary award from the VFW. His essay also won second place on the district level.

An excerpt of Bishop's essay reads, "My vote matters because of the price that was paid to attain it. A price that must never be undervalued, one that is priceless... My vote rings with the battle cry at Lexington and Concord, the poetry in motion at Fort McHenry, and the hard learned lessons from Gettysburg... My vote matters because of the courage and sacrifice, laid down on the beaches of Normandy and beyond. My vote matters because I know what was at stake when people fought and died to let me have it. When I vote, their legacy lives on."

The Smart Maher Citizenship Education Teacher Award is offered to teachers on the elementary, middle and high school levels. Nationally, the program awards the teacher and school $1,000 each as well as a plaque. The national winners also receive an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to receive their award.

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From left to right are Steve Powell, Chase Bishop, Dr. Bryan Abernathy and Charles Holden. (Courtesy photos)

In the elementary school level, Patty Roman of Rosman Elementary won first place (as well as first place on district level) and Nichole Cash of T. C. Henderson Elementary School won second place. At the middle school level, there was a tie between Kelly Muse of Brevard Middle School and Sandra Green of Rosman Middle School. Muse also won first place on the district level. At the high school level, Lt. Col. Charles Megown of Brevard High School won first place as well as second place at the district level. Each teacher received a citation and a monetary award.

The VFW wishes its district first place winners good luck at the state level and hope they are successful on the national level. All our educators honored are doing an outstanding job in educating our youth on what it means to practice good citizenship.


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