VFW announces winners of essay contest
The writings were so good in the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contest that it took three sessions to determine the winners.
"We thought they were all real good," Basehor VFW Post 11499 Commander Bob Wiley said. "They were all their own work and we were all impressed. We spent a lot of time judging them because it was hard to decide."
The theme of this year's national VFW contest, "Is freedom really free?," was captured by the work of four Basehor-Linwood Middle School eighth-grade students.
Contest winners were: Chris Prgomed, Amanda Vervaecke, Cory Bunting and Lauren Helverson.
The four winners were honored during a VFW dinner Jan. 17. Each student read their essays out loud during the dinner.
"I think everybody there really enjoyed their work," Wiley said.
Many of the students said they considered the events of Sept. 11 when writing their essays.
"I wrote something about terrorism," Helverson said. "If freedom really was free, it wouldn't cost lives."
And while many of the students did little research for the contest, all said they looked back upon lessons they learned in history classes about military conflicts.
"I remembered a lot about people fighting and hearing things from the news, and that's what I wrote about," Bunting said.
The four student winners will move on to a competition against winners from 23 other posts in Leavenworth County. From there, the contest goes to the state and then national level, VFW members said.