On Jan. 12, Gunpowder VFW Post 10067 in Middle River hosted District 14’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Awards Program. Middle and high school student winners from five VFW Posts – Essex, Wells-McComas, Charles Evering, Parkville, and Gunpowder – competed for the opportunity to advance to the state competition in Easton on Jan. 26.
The state winner is awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for four days in March where the national winner is announced.
Wells-McComas VFW Post and Auxiliary’s contestant, Joslynn B. Metz, was awarded first place in the Patriot’s Pen contest. Joslynn attends Sparrows Point Middle School. The Edgemere VFW’s winner of the Voice of Democracy contest was Mason Ciarpella, a student at Sparrows Point High School. Mason was awarded Honorable Mention in the District judging. The theme of both contests was “What Makes America Great.”