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The Atoka County Veterans, in conjunction with state and national organizations, sponsored an essay writing competition, which was concluded on the local level Friday, October 30, 2020.
Applications for entry was given to all schools in the Atoka County Area during the month of August 2020 for students to participate in this competition.
The Patriot Essay Writing Competition is an annual event, which was resurrected this year by the Atoka Veterans Association to give students the opportunity to make a written statement about what patriotism means to them as an individual.
The final product was collected by the Veterans of Atoka County and was then reviewed by members of the organization and then judged for selection to the next level of competition.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally state that all the submissions were noteworthy and worthy of recognition.
It is always troublesome to “cull” something from a competition but the decision had to be made to send the very best of submissions to the next level of competition and, then hopefully, to a higher level of competition.
It is hoped that maybe one of our participants will be honored for a national competition slot.
The Atoka County Veterans announced the winners for the grades of the sixth grade, seventh grade, and the eighth grade competition for the prompt “What is patriotism to me?”
Each of the winning participants will receive a check from the Veterans Association for $25, a Patriot Medal Pin, and recognition of their achievement.
The contestants entry’s will now go to the next level of competition and could win additional recognition, monetary awards, and medals/trophies.
The winners are as noted:
• 8th grade competitor: Gracie Willis, Harmony School
• 7th grade competitor: Addison Stephens, Harmony School
• 6th grade competitor: Brody Kinard, Harmony School.