VFW ‘Patriots Pen’ winners announced

Jan 17, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo WMS STUDENTS WIN ESSAY COMPETITION  — The VFW Post 5202 announced the winners of the Patriots Pen Competition. Pictured, from left, are (front row) Sarah Swaim,  Ladies Auxiliary chairman Mary Bevell,  and Natalie Swaim; (back row )  VFW post commander, Mike Woody and post quartermaster, Kevin Jensen.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5202 announced the winners of the Patriots Pen Competition, “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” For 2012, Natalie Swaim, a seventh-grader at Waynesville Middle School, placed first and Sarah Swaim, a sixth-grader, also of  Waynesville Middle School, placed second.

The Swaims are granddaughters of two veterans — Major Charles Garber, USMC, Retired (Vietnam) of Sarasota, Florida,  and the late Hugh Swaim, Army (World War II) of Jonesville. They are the daughters of Davis and Sherry Swaim.

The student winners were recognized Jan. 8 by the VFW  Post 5202 and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post commander, Mike Woody, auxiliary chairman Mary Bevell and post quartermaster, Kevin Jensen presented  the Swaims with a youth essay certificate of merit. The students  were designated as “an outstanding spokesperson of the future,” as well as a monetary prize.

Their essays  won at the regional level and were sent to the state level, the next step in the competition. VFW Post 5202 will find out Feb. 2, in Greensboro, whether or not the Swaims  essays will go to the national level.

For information about the Patriots Pen Contest, which is open to sixth-to eighth-graders, The Voice of Democracy Contest (ninth- to 12th-graders), or the Young Americans Patriotic Art Competition, contact at Mary Bevell at VFW Post 5702.                .

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