Two Middle School Students Place in Patriot’s Pen Writing Competition

Two 8th grade students, Brooklyn Smith and Ava Albinson, recently placed in the nationwide VFW-sponsored Patriot’s Pen Writing Competition at the Post level. Annually, students are given an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. 

This year’s theme was “How are you inspired by America?”


When I think of America, I see freedom, along with the people who died fighting for it. I see those who strived valiantly for freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion. When envisioning America, I see the leaders of our country, who made hard decisions in order to do the right thing.” -Brooklyn Smith


I am proud to be an American, and to be living in a place where people are free to do, and get what they need, when they need it.” – Ava Albinson


Both students entered their winning essays at the VFP Post level where one for every fifteen entries is selected to move on to the District level. Both essays were honored at the Post level, and Smith’s essay was selected to advance to the next level! The winning District level essay will advance to the State level, and winning State essays are entered into the national competition with a grand prize of $5,000.


Each year over 73,000 middle school students nation-wide join this writing competition, and we are proud of our two Legacy students who have been honored for their writing capabilities!