VFW honors Basehor youths
Entries of 11 Basehor-Linwood School District students will compete at the district level after being named by the Bob Wiley Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11499 of Basehor as local winners of the VFW’s annual nationwide contests.
The Patriot’s Pen contest, participated in by middle school students, requires a 300- to 400-word essay designed to explore a patriotic theme, which was “Why America’s veterans should be honored.”
The Voice of Democracy contest, open to high school students, is a recorded oral essay. This year’s theme is “Service and sacrifice by America’s veterans benefit today’s youth by…”
The entries are judged at the local, district, state and national levels, and each level’s winners receive monetary awards.
Of more than 350 entries locally, the following winners have been submitted to District 1 competition:
• Casey Mahoney, junior, Voice of Democracy
• Monica Brich, sixth grade, Patriot Pen
• Stevee Leiker, sixth grade, Patriot Pen and District 1 winner
• Hailey Robinson, seventh grade, Patriot Pen
• Brent Waller, seventh grade, Patriot Pen
• Katie Tindell, seventh grade, Patriot Pen
• Emily Dye, seventh grade, Patriot Pen
• Jordan Nivschl, seventh grade, Patriot Pen
• Joseph Levinson, eighth grade, Patriot Pen
• Heather Francis, eighth grade, Patriot Pen
• Brooke Scheler, eighth grade, Patriot Pen.
On Dec. 5, members of the local VFW post will be presenting the “Voices of History” program to the Basehor-Linwood High School students and faculty. Community members will step up to the microphone and give a short description of their wartime experiences.