First Immanuel Students Make Great Showing in VFW Patriot’s

Pen Essay Contest

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, three winners were FILS students. 7th grader: Sam Eisenhauer, 8th Graders: Jae Fitting and Mary Stroebel.


All essays were based on the 2019-2020 theme “What Makes America Great".  Grace Bertram, the FILS middle school teacher who coordinates the student’s participation in the essays, said “This year’s theme was something that really hit home with the students. We are so blessed to live in a country that provides us with freedoms, rights, and independence. The students found great connections to the topic and were excited to share their essays. I have such a talented group of students and am very proud of all of their hard work!”.


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.