Patriot Pen Winner Gives Her All!

The 2011-2012 Patriot Pen middle school written competition 1st place winner was announced at the February 2012 Council of Administration meeting in Raleigh. She is Miss Cecilia L. Cardelle of Salisbury. A 7th grader in the Sacred Heart Catholic School in that town, Cecilia was sponsored by Salisbury Post 3006 and won at the District 12 level as well.

The Patriot Pen competition is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students enrolled in public, private, or parochial schools in the U.S. Home-schooled children can enter as well. The top 46 winners at the National level will receive at least a $1000 savings bond, and the number 1 National winner will receive a $10,000 bond. Miss Cardelle’s entry has been sent to National Headquarters to compete at that high level.

The 2nd place winner was Miss Leanna E. Long of Chapel Hill, where she attends 8th grade at the McDougle Middle School. She was sponsored by Chapel Hill Post 9100, and took 1St place at the District 6 competition. The 31-d place winner was Mr. Alex T. Kroeger of Charlotte. He is an 8th grader at Holy Trinity Middle School, and was sponsored by Charlotte Post 9488 and then by District 13.

At the Department level, Miss Cardelle will receive a $500 check, Miss Long a $400 check, and Mr. Kroeger a $300 check. They will be presented to the student along with a Patriot Pen plaque at that student’s school watched by hundreds of other students and teachers.

This year’s theme was “Are You Proud of Your Country?” Miss Cardelle’s winning written essay is on line for viewing. ¬†View¬†Patriot’s Pen Essay 2012

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