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Old Forge students compete in essay contest

September 08, 2009

Three fifth-grade students at Old Forge Elementary School and their parents were guests recently of Cascade American Legion Auxiliary Unit 239 at a potluck dinner and awards ceremony at the Legion banquet hall.

The students were finalists in the auxiliary's annual Americanism Essay Contest.

Following the meal, the students read their essays and each was given a certificate of appreciation.

In addition, Olivia Maust received $75 for first place. Adam Tracey was awarded $50 for second place and Dakota Vaughn was presented $20 for third place.

The awards were presented by Unit President Melissa Sewell.

Following the ceremony, it was announced that Olivia's essay won third place in the Auxiliary's Western Maryland District competition.

Judges for the competition were Judy Wolocki of Waynesboro, Pa., a former volunteer reading instructor at Vision Quest in South Mountain, Pa.; Teresa L. Rossiter of Funkstown, a Girl Scout leader; and Patrick J. Rossiter of Hagerstown, a new hire transition training manager at First Data in Hagerstown.

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Fifty-eight students participated in the program.

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