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Alyssa Foster says the news is frequently on her family’s TV, and her knowledge of current events is one thing that helped her express ideas about patriotism and national pride in her VFW Patriot’s Pen essay this year, her father, Chris, said. Her essay won the Patriot’s Pen competition for Kansas VFW District 1, making her one of nine competitors to move on to the state contest.

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Middle-school 'Patriot' reaches state level of VFW essay competition

Pieces of paper, filled with passages that had been scratched out and rewritten, were spread across the Foster family’s dinner table as Alyssa Foster worked on her VFW Patriot’s Pen essay earlier this fall, her mother Linda remembers.

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