Patriot’s Pen Essay Winners

Congratulations to Omar Elbadawy (1st place), Areesha Nouman (2nd place), and Benjamin Miyares (Honorable Mention) for their winning entries in the 2nd Annual Patriot’s Pen essay contest.  They submitted their essays to the Strongsville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and have all advanced to the district competition. Participating students had to write pieces that answered the question, “How Can I Be A Good American?” Click here to see the Birchwood winning essays.

Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000. 

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.