SVMS Students Shine In Patriots Pen Essay Writing Contest

L-R) Top: SVMS Principal Michael Keranen, Assistant Principal Sy Douglass, Teachers Bonnie Jakob, Matthew Vanderbrook, Jason Chambless, Melanie Chambless, Talisa Jenkins, Isabel Englehart, and VFW Post 8800 Commander Ty Teel. Middle: SVMS Counselor Maria Esparza, Rebekah Mann, Courtney Brennan, Joshua Wood, Kyle Elstak, Parker Jakob, Dallas Wilson, William Parker, Andres Garza, Michael Wildman, Jake Deviney, Madeline Macdougall, and Oliva Lanford. Bottom: Taylor Berry, Michelle Sandoval, Shoadi Henshaw, Aiden Wright, Emma Ramirez, Skylar Butts, and Sonali Hornick.

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Once again Smithson Valley Middle School students rose to the occasion when it came time to enter this school year’s Patriots Pen Essay Writing Contest. This year’s middle school essay topic was “The America I Believe In.” More than 400 SVMS students entered the contest, which was sponsored by local VFW Post 8800, and more than 20 entries advanced to the district level. Smithson Valley Middle School student Shoadi Henshaw advanced to the state level.

“The Patriots Pen Essay program is an excellent way for students to learn about veterans and our country,” said SVMS principal Michael Keranen. “Through the FVW and this essay contest, they get to learn about people who have not only fought but who have died for their freedoms and that is an invaluable lesson.”

Isabel Englehart received $250 for her first-place effort in the local FVW contest. Emma Ramirez won $150 for her second-place entry. Jake Deviney finished third and won $100 and Henshaw and Joshua Wood tied for fourth place and won $50.

At the district level, Henshaw’s essay was selected to advance to state. For that accomplishment she was awarded another $300 as well as a plaque.

Every SVMS student who entered the contest received a certificate from local VFW Post 8800.