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Holliston VFW Post 8507 Patriot's Pen Youth Essay Contest

by Paul Deschenes

The 2018-2019 essay theme is "Why I Honor the American Flag." Approximately 20 students and their family members attended the event, along with 13 VFW members. Taryn Holmes was the first-place winner at the Post-level and was awarded a first-place prize of $300. Stephen Corrou came in second and Reese Holmes and Hannah Devine tied for third. Daniel Barbibeau, Michelle Corrou, Michael Flaven, Megan Monahan, Jordan Munro and Caroline White all received honorable mention awards.

Above, Taryn Holmes reads her winning essay as VFW member Henry Dellicker listens intently.

The national first-place winner will be chosen in March 2019 and will receive a first-place prize of $5,000 in addition to an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  Post 8507’s Junior Vice-Commander Peter Guelinitz was the chairperson for the contest.