announces education award winners
The Richard Jacobs VFW Post 4902, based in Cottonwood is proud to announce this year’s student education award winners. The awards will be given out at the VFW Awards Dinner this Saturday, Nov. 10 at Keuterville.
The Voice of Democracy competition is a three to five-minute speech with high school participants in grades nine through twelve. The theme this year was “Why My Vote Matters.” The first-place speech winner is Summit Academy Senior, Taylor Lustig, daughter of Domie and Gina Lustig. Second place is Home Schooled, Junior Nicole Rehder, daughter of Joe and Charlene Rehder. Rounding out the top three is Prairie High School Senior, Kristyna Krogh, daughter of Rodney & Andrea Krogh.
The Patriot’s Pen is a 300 to 400-word essay, written by sixth, seventh, and eight grade students. The theme for the essay was, “Why I Honor the American Flag.”
First place winner is Prairie Elementary sixth grade student Kaylie Lockett, daughter of Stan and Cassi Lockett. The second-place award winner is Prairie elementary school eighth grader, Mary Schwartz, son of Jared and Annmarie Schwartz. This is Mary’s second year in the final three. Next year, she’ll advance to competing in the Voice of Democracy. The final award winner for Patriot’s Pen is Summit Academy’s Sarah Waters, a 6th Grade Student, daughter of Ned and Heidi Waters.
This year’s Teacher of the Year award in K-5 goes to Vikki Riener of Prairie Elementary school.
Thank you to this year’s judges, Lafe and Thia Waller. Also thanks to the City of Ferdinand mayor Scott Oliver, and clerk, Angie Riener for the use of their council chambers to judge this year’s awards. Thank you to the parents, teachers, and students for overwhelming turnout again this year. These awards are key criteria for our local VFW post’s All-State standing. I am proud to have the support of such a great community.
Dave Frei, Post Commander