left to right – Glinda Kelley, Mtn Grove VFW Ladies Auxiliary Youth Chairman, Patriots Pen 1st Place – Valentina Keith; PP 2nd Place – Benner Rhodes; PP 3rd place – Lanysha Kelley; PP 4th place – Casey Carnal; and Nancy Smith, Mtn Grove VFW Ladies Auxiliary Secretary
The VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8 and challenges them to reflect on American history and their own experiences based on a patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives $5,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. The theme for this years contest was – Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans. Each year the Mountain Grove VFW and it’s Ladies Auxiliary offer this contest to students in Mansfield, Mtn Grove, Norwood and Skyline Schools.Miss Keith’s winning essay was forwarded to higher competition. Cash prizes are presented at all levels.
Ladies Auxiliary Sisters Nancy Smith and Glinda Kelley accompanied VFW Post 3770 QM Kelley to Mansfield to make the presentations before the Thanksgiving break. The Mtn Grove VFW Ladies Auxiliary is an integral part of Post 3770. The two groups work together on almost all projects.