Ware Academy and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8252, Gloucester, conducted an award ceremony honoring Patriot Pen winners and the Teacher of the Year.
The ceremony was held on Dec. 16 in the gymnasium of the Gloucester private school. Youth winners were Eliza Fitzgerald, Macee Dubois, Maggie Lancaster and Nicholas Gandee. Wendy Gardiner was recognized as the Teacher of the Year. All are members of the Ware Academy family.
The awards, consisting of a check and a framed certificate, were presented by Post 8252 Chaplain Jonathan Sawyer, assisted by First District Commander Jim Gierlak.
The Patriot Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public or private school, or are in a home-study program. The student must write a 300-400 word essay expanding on a theme chosen for that year by the VFW National Commander in Chief. This year’s theme was “What Makes America Great.”
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