Archive for Monday, January 30, 2012

Photos and video: Middle-schoolers read essays on patriotism for Basehor veterans

Basehor VFW Post members — from left, Phil Jenkins, Tom Steele and Robert A. Miller — applaud at the conclusion of BLMS seventh-grader Tucker Rowland's Patriot's Pen essay. "One reason I am proud of our country is everyone is even," Tucker said in his piece. "No one is treated different."

Basehor VFW Post members — from left, Phil Jenkins, Tom Steele and Robert A. Miller — applaud at the conclusion of BLMS seventh-grader Tucker Rowland's Patriot's Pen essay. "One reason I am proud of our country is everyone is even," Tucker said in his piece. "No one is treated different."

January 30, 2012

VFW Patriot's Pen winner: Alyssa Foster

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Basehor-Linwood Middle School eighth-grader Alyssa Foster reads her VFW Patriot's Pen essay, which won first place in the Kansas VFW District 1 contest late last year. Enlarge video

VFW Patriot's Pen winner: Calder Hollond

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Basehor-Linwood Middle School seventh-grader Calder Hollond reads her VFW Patriot's Pen essay, which took second place in the Kansas District 1 contest, one of nine district competitions in the state. Enlarge video

A group of Basehor-Linwood Middle School students on Thursday gathered at the Basehor VFW Post 11499 to speak about patriotism in front of veterans, school officials and their families.

Eight BLMS students read their winning 300- to 400-word essays in the Basehor post's Patriot's Pen contest. The theme for the contest this year was "Are You Proud of Your Country?" and the answer from the students was a resounding "Yes."

Eighth-grader Alyssa Foster and seventh-grader Calder Hollond finished first and second, respectively, in the Kansas District 1 Patriot's Pen contest, one of nine district competitions in the state. Both read their essays at the Basehor post Thursday, and videos of their readings are available at left, along with a photo gallery from the event.

Also reading their essays Thursday were Dalton Lindelof, sixth grade; Tucker Rowland and Alexander Teeters, seventh grade; and Lauren Cline, Casey Eberth and Charles Moore, eighth grade.

Each of the winners received a $50 prize from the Basehor post.

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