The Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsored the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest at Okawville Junior High School. This year's topic was The America I Believe In. All seventh and eighth grade students participated; Mr. Gaebe was the sponsoring faculty member. This year, Zoe Todd, daughter of Paul and Heather Todd, was the first place winner. Her essay began, "The America I believe in is freedom and opportunity. America has had many conflicts and problems but we have always worked hard to overcome them and be the best country we can be." Isabella Auer, daughter of Robert and Karen Auer, was the second place winner. Jacksen Harre, son of Greg and Tara Harre, was the third place winner. Along with the winners, VFW Representative Art Stine is also pictured.