Students from St. Tim’s, MLE win Patriot’s Pen contest

Five students from Laurie Hajny’s class at St. Timothy’s School and two students from Jennifer DesMarais-Holland’s class Maple Lake Elementary placed in this year’s local Patriot’s Pen contest.

Patriot’s Pen is a nationwide youth essay contest sponsored by the VFW. It gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. More than 112,000 students participated in 2012. The top 46 national winners all received at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is currently a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian. 

This year Maple Lake had almost 95 students enter. The local contest is sponsored by Maple Lake Senior Connections/Chair Person Ginger O’Loughlin and the Ladies Auxiliary.