First Immanuel Lutheran School made an excellent showing in the Cedarburg-Grafton VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.
Of the top 10 essays recognized by the Cedarburg-Grafton VFW Post, five winners were FILS students. 6th grader: Kaitlyn Hauser, 7th Grader: Mary Stroebel and 8th graders: Reagan Pahl, Mark Schaefer, and Lydia Rutkowski.
All essays were based on the 2018-2019 theme "Why I Honor the American Flag". Grace Bertram, the FILS middle school teacher who coordinates the student’s participation in the essays, said "I am so blessed to be able to work with such talented writers. This year, it was exciting to work on this topic because the students had been studying America and its importance in Social Studies, and then participated in a "What It Means to Be an American" Fair. I always try to provide the students with some inspiration for the topic, but other than that, all of the words are the students'." Bertram further said, "At the end of April, the 7th and 8th graders will be traveling to Washington D.C. As a staff, we decided that the winners of our Patriot's Pen contest would be the students to be the layers of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. This is such an honor for the students, and I am glad to have been able to help them with their essays."
The VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest provides 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills while they compete for worthwhile awards and prizes. Awards are given at the local, district, and state levels. Each year more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards and the opportunity to complete for first place nationally.