Heritage Academy students participate in VFW essay contest, Voice of Democracy

December 19, 2011
  • Front row, from left, Melanie Therrien and Maddie Runkles. Back row, Stephen Brewer and Tristan Prejean.
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Four Heritage Academy students were recognized by the VFW of Mercersburg, Pa.

Melanie Therrien, daughter of Norm Therrien and Valerie Elliot of Greencastle, Pa., and Maddie Runkles, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Runkles of Boonsboro, were two of the winners of the Patriot’s Pen essay contest.

There were 203 entries submitted from three area schools, and 14 winners were chosen. The theme for this year’s contest was “Are You Proud of Your Country?” Runkles, who is in seventh grade, and Therrien, an eighth-grader, each will receive a $250 savings bond and have their essays submitted to the district level.

Tristan Prejean, a junior, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Prejean of Clear Spring, and Stephen Brewer, a senior, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brewer of Chambersburg, Pa., won the Voice of Democracy essay and speech contest.

Students were required to write a speech on “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?”

Students had to record their speeches on CD for submission to the VFW.  

Prejean and Brewer were chosen from 27 submissions.  

They will each receive a $500 college scholarship and have their speeches forwarded to the district level.

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