HOMER WILLIAMS VFW POST 8720 - RECOGNITION OF 2013 WINNERS

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HOMER WILLIAMS VFW POST 8720 - RECOGNITION OF 2013 WINNERS
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HOMER WILLIAMS VFW POST 8720 - RECOGNITION OF 2013 WINNERS

National Citizenship Education Teacher Award  Winners - Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes the top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who instill patriotism and promote citizenship effectively. Competition starts at a local Post, then District, State and National level.  National winners receive $1,000 and $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National VFW Conference. 

 

The Homer Williams Post 8720 in Abita Springs had a winner in each of the 3 grade levels who have won at both the Post and District levels.  Announcement of the State Winners will be in January.

 

Our K-5th grade winner is Amy Gagnon from Woodlake Elementary.  Amy teaches students with severe disabilities.  She focuses on their strengths and ensures their dignity is never compromised.  Along with her responsibility to her students and their families, she raises awareness and educates others at school and in the community to learn acceptance and tolerance of people with differences.

She founded Pelican Pals where typical students buddy with her disabled students allowing them to be more involved in school activities.

 

Our 6-8th grade winner is Ben Hartman from Mandeville Middle School.  Ben teaches 6th grade math, science and social studies classes. He is a sponsor for their Student Council and very active in patriotic activities such as organizing the flag squad and flag etiquette classes, organizing monthly food drives for the local food bank, assisting in the Veterans Day program, teaching civic responsibilities and creating lessons for the teachers about the election  process.

 

Our 9-12th grade winner is Ben Haindel from Northlake Christian School.  Ben has been involved several years with both VFW’s Scholarship contests - Voice of Democracy (VOD) and Patriot’s Pen Essay contests.  Annually, they have over 200 students write an original essay according to VFW’s annual themes.  The history teachers score the essays and select the highest ones to be recorded for the VOD contest.  Ben prepares the recorded CDs and serves as a liaison between the school and our Post.  We had 15 VOD and 5 Patriot Pen entries this year.  Over the last 7 years, NCS students have won the VOD contest four times and the Patriot’s Pen essay contest, 2 times.  Ben teaches Bible study and American Government/Politics, is the Director of Camp Northlake and facilitates NCS’s Leadership Council.

 

Voice of Democracy Winners – VFW’s premier scholarship program is the Voice of Democracy contest.  It is open to students in grade 9-12.  Each year more than 50,000 students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme.  This year’s theme is Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future.  We had 22 entries at our Post level.  The top three Post winners are Anna Jones (1st place), a freshman at Northlake Christian School; Ada Tusa (2nd place) a junior at Mandeville High School; Alexandra Cloutet (3rd place) is a senior at Mandeville High School

 

Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners  - Students in grades 6-8 compete for one of 46 national awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 by writing an essay on the annual theme. This year’s theme is What Patriotism Means to Me.  Again competition is at four levels - Post, District, State, National. Our first place winner, Andrew Monson is currently competing at the State level.  The State winner will be announced in January.  Andrew is a 6th grade student at Our Lady of the Lake School.  Sean Noel, a 6th grade student at Tchefuncte Middle School won 2nd place.  Grace Stewart, a 6th grade student at Northlake Christian School won 3rd place.

 

 

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