Kirstee, who was sponsored by VFW Post 9170 and Ladies Auxiliary in Beeville, wrote her winning essay based on this year’s theme, “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.”
The youth essay writing contest is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades 6, 7 and 8 the opportunity to write a 300- to 400-word theme-based essay expressing their views on democracy.
More than 104,000 students participated in the competition this year. The 54 finalists – one from each of the 54 VFW departments – competed at the national level for individual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. In all, the VFW awarded $46,000 to the top 46 national winners.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization composed of combat veterans and eligible military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and its oldest major veterans’ organization. The VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs worldwide.