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American Legion Auxiliary sponsors annual essay contest

April 23, 2007

The winners of the Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 Auxiliary's annual Americanism Essay Contest were honored April 3 at the auxiliary's monthly meeting and birthday banquet.

The contest is for students in grades three through eight This year's essay topic was "I'm Proud to Be an American."

First place in the seventh- and eighth-grade category went to Adam Marinelli, with Annie Cochran and Kristina Cronise taking second and third places, respectively. All three attend St. Mary School.

Meghan Berry took first place in the fifth- and sixth-grade category, with Noah Shackelford and Jacob Thompson taking second and third places, respectively. All three attend Paramount Elementary School.

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Honorable mention for the third- and fourth-grade category went to Zoe Schriber of Paramount Elementary School.

Students presented their winning essays, and Evelyn Meany, the auxiliary's Americanism chairwoman, presented the awards. Each winner received a savings bond and a U.S. flag.

The auxiliary's Americanism program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship, and strives to uphold and promote American ideals and the principles of democracy. The goal of the essay contest is to educate students in the fundamentals of American government, the Bill of Rights and the value of active, informed involvement in the home, in the Auxiliary organization and in the community.

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