our own Ivana Gojcevic wins FIRST PLACE
in the 5th District competition and goes on to Department competition!!
Congratulations to Shaina Opperman for winning
THIRD PLACE in the 5th District Competition!
Our Post's 2007-2008 finalists were:
Our Post received entries
from 360 area students this year. From these we were permitted to select
24 winners who went on to District level for judging. Congratulations to our
Katie M. Koehler, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington Hills
Veronica B. Battersby, "
Rachel E. Rosinski
Jordan D. Berman, Warner Middle School, Farmington Hills
Anthony M. Johnson, Millenium Middle School, S. Lyon
Cole W. Strong
Shaina L. Opperman
Alyssa R. Adams
Kayleigh A. Damon, Sarah Banks Middle School, Walled Lake
Michael V. Rowland
Denislav V. Andrecv
Tyler J. Robertson
Cassidy C. Church
Dejanique N. Whitner
Emily Y. Rusher
Kathryn A. Kuznicki
David J. Walczyk
Colin J. Crowley
Nicklas A. Nordstrom
Robert J. Palmer
Tricia A. Cottrell
Our Post's 2006-2007 finalists were:
out of 151 entries our post sent these finalists on to the District
Jarrod R., Rougeau
Clint L. Harrison - Sara Banks
Noah K. Bizer
Amanda M> Hunsinger - Millennium South Lyon
Allyssa Kashat - Our Lady of Sorrows
Kevin S. Carlton - St. Matthew Lutheran
Lisa D. Shrosbree - Warner Middle School
winners at 5th District Judging were our own Ivana Gojcevic who won
FIRST PLACE, Duncan Chapman-Anderson from post 4659 won SECOND PLACE, and
our own Shaina Opperman won THIRD PLACE! Congratulations and best of luck
to Ivana in the Department of Michigan judging!
Theme for 2004-2005
"What Service to our
country means to me "
Our Post's 1st Place Winners are:
Alison M. Nowosielski-Morche, 8th
Grade, Sarah Banks Middle School, Wixom Michigan
Allison won First Place at District!!
Alessandra V. Nehr, 8th Grade, Our
Lady of Sorrows, Farmington Michigan.
Daniel P. Bedard, 8th Grade, Our Lady of Sorrows,
Click here to read Alison's winning essay
Click here to read Alessandra's winning
Click here to read Daniel's winning essay
Alison, Alessandra and Daniel were honored
January 9 2005 at the District V.O.D. Banquet, Bruce VFW Post, St. Clair
2003-4 5th District winners were:
1st Place Danielle
Schlacht, post 7573
Nolle Kerr, post 1794
About the Patriot's Pen competition
Patriot's Pen, a youth essay writing contest, is a nationwide
competition that gives students in grades 6,7 and 8 the opportunity to
write essays expressing their views on democracy. Last year, more than
100,000 students participated in the annual contest.
Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual patriotic theme.
The first place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an
all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. The top national winners each
receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.
The deadline is November 1
here for entry information
All questions concerning local Patriot's Pen essays should be
submitted to your
local VFW Post.
Nowosielski-Morche, 8th Grade, Sarah Banks Middle School, Wixom
When thinking about how citizens serve America, many different things
come to mind. America is a country of freedoms. Our freedom was not
given to us, but it was earned. Our country celebrates that freedom by
serving the United States in many different ways.
Every time a citizen hangs a flag by their front
door, puts a God Bless America bumper sticker on their car, or wears a
shirt with an American Flag on it, they are expressing patriotism. By
showing patriotism, we serve our country. Patriotism is one of the
Core Democratic Values that we as Americans have the right to express.
When other countries see our patriotism they see how much we are proud
to be Americans. In a small and simple way, but with great impact,
showing our patriotism serves our country.
In the United States many citizens have
organized associations across the country to help children and
families who are less fortunate than most Americans. When we show that
we have affection and care for homeless and starving citizens it
illustrated how much we want to keep our country healthy and that we
want everyone to have an opportunity to live their life to its
fullest. There are programs to assure every child in the United States
an education. Such programs demonstrate our care for the future
generation. Groups that improve life and education and the people who
volunteer to be a part of them are a great service to America.
The most respected and noticeable of services is
the Armed Forces of America. Every day thousands of men and women risk
their lives to protect the freedom of our country. Troops fight for
the United States, but also travel to countries that need help to
assist them. Our Armed Forces are a very noble and valiant service to
the United States of America.
Americans are proud to live in such a great
country, and it is shown because we see it every day. Whether a
citizen is fighting overseas in the army, or wearing an American Flag
pin on their suit every day to work, they are presenting their love
for America and serving our great country.
Alison M. Nowosielski-Morche
Sara Banks Middle School, Wixom, Michigan
Alessandra V. Nehr,
8th Grade, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington Michigan.
Service to our country is not a duty. It is
not an honor. It is a privilege. Many Americans believe itís a chore,
just another task that we must do to look good to our peers and
family. This is especially true in our day and age, with no one really
caring about honor, morals, or integrity. Service, especially service
to our country, demands much more respect then most people are willing
to give it.
To me, service is going out to battle, knowing
full well that you could die at any given moment. This must be
terrifying, but many men and women alike are willing to risk their
lives to serve their country. They go through severe training in order
to enter the military, and that takes sacrifices, both mentally and
physically. This is truly a respectable action by all of our active
soldiers and all of the soldiers waiting for the call.
Service is giving back to your community even
when no one else will. Itís going out before the sun comes up, to pick
up the trash that the guy in the car in front of you threw out his
window because he was to lazy to pick it up. Itís getting you
community involved to clean up your parks and streets. You canít clean
up the whole United States, but you can sure do your part for your
Service is teaching your children the difference
between right and wrong. Itís making sure your firearms are kept out
of their reach. Itís teaching them to be kind and to respect their
elders. Itís helping your children see both sides of the story, not
just your own, close-minded selfís story. Itís teaching your kids the
history of our great nation, mentioning the bad, but focusing on the
good. All of this is service because not only does it teach your
children to respect other people, but also it teaches them to respect
the sacrifices that their ancestors before them made to give them the
great gift of the United States of America that they experience every
Alessandra V. Nehr
Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington, Michigan
Daniel P. Bedard, 8th
Grade, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington Michigan
The dictionaryís definition of service is ďhelp given to others; a
religious gathering; the military; to repair; to furnish a service to
something or someoneĒ. That is exactly what it means to me. The most
important types of services are the religious gatherings, the
military, and working in our government.
I have served in many religious service
projects. I helped out at my churchís homeless shelter week. I helped
package lunch bags for the homeless staying in the basement of the
church. It was very much fun because I did it with some of my friends.
When I was done I felt great because I knew that I had done something
good for God and for others.
I have reached the rank of Star in the Boy
Scouts of America, an organization devoted to service. I have worked
more than 25 hours in service for others. At St. Patís Soup Kitchen, I
helped make and serve hot meals for the homeless. We organized a car
wash in our community and all the money raised was given to a
retirement home. In other projects, we fixed our Troop Trailer, and
served many pancake breakfasts; this is where we serve pancakes for
people who go to my church. I have raked leaves for the elderly people
and packed snack bags for young children in a poor community. I like
doing these things because when I am done I feel good and at the same
time I had a great time with my friends.
Another type of service is the military. The
word military itself means a lot to me. The most important thing that
the military means to me is that they protect our countryís freedom.
Freedom means a lot to me. Freedom means I have the freedom of speech,
religion, press, and many other things.
The next thing military means to me is safety.
The military keeps America safe by fighting against people who want to
harm us. They also keep dangerous people that are in the country from
hurting others. People in the military have a great deal of respect,
love, and caring for America. The reason is because they are putting
their lives at stake to save people they donít even know. I know there
is not greater service to our country than that.
Daniel P. Bedard
Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington, Michigan