AMS Patriot's Pen winners

Avery Middle students Kennedi Callahan, Alexa Hughes and Dallas Large won the local Patriot’s Pen essay contest.

NEWLAND — Students at Avery Middle School entered the annual Patriot’s Pen patriotic essay contest, sponsored locally by the Pat Ray Post #4286 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.

Each year, nearly 68,800 students in grades 6 to 8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in local, state and national awards. The national first place winner wins $5,000.

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