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SUBMITTED PHOTO From left: first row: Abigail Lent and Juliette Racht. Second row: Jaden Fedorchak, MaKena Sanderson and Alyssa Cosklo. Third row: CAHS Principal Joseph Farrell, History Teacher Thomas Mauro, Post 4712 Auxiliary President Monique Cobb, Post 4712 Commander Ed Mattice and Essay Contest Chairman Ray Cobb. Also placing was Kaylee Evarts, second place, Patriot’s Pen.

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars annually sponsors two patriotic essay contests that provide students with educational scholarships and incentive awards.

“Voice of Democracy” is an audio-essay program for high school students that provides a unique opportunity to express themselves regarding a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. “Patriot’s Pen” is an essay contest for middle school students that encourages contestants to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society.

All students in grades eight through 12 in the Carbondale Area School District participate in this program.

The VFW Post 4712 and its Auxiliary selected the following students:

Voice of Democracy

First place:

Alyssa Cosklo

Second place:

MaKena Sanderson

Third place:

Jaden Fedorchak

Patriot’s Pen:

First place:

Juliette Racht

Second place: Kaylee Evarts

Third place: Abigail Lent

Each winner was presented with a plaque and a monetary award. The first-place winners in both categories will proceed to compete at the district level with the opportunity to move forward to state and national competitions.

Eighth-grade student Juliette Racht described her essay, “I wrote about how living in America under our rules and government gives us many rights and stresses that all individuals are created equal. I feel that these qualities are what make us special and unique and what brings Americans together.”

Tenth grader Alyssa Cosklo spoke of the topic she discussed in her essay, “We were asked to write about what makes America great. I said that America takes its greatness from the fact that we have countless freedoms and opportunities. Also, citizens of America are always protected by our Constitution and made to feel safe.”

Cosklo has plans to continue her education after high school.

“Right now, I’m interested in going to medical school to become a physician,” she said.