January 10th, 2017
Every year the middle school students at St. Patrick School compete in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest. This VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s topic was “The America I Believe In.” The winners are then selected by the VFW representatives.
During a recent assembly, Don Tocci, the Patriot’s Pen Chairman for VFW 620 George J Hall Post, announced that this year’s first place winner is Emma Rotondo in eighth grade, who was also the runner-up for the past two years. The two runners-up are Annella Rizzuto in eighth grade and Carter McFadden in sixth grade. Emma’s essay won both the local contest as well as the regional contest which means her essay will now move on to compete for the state winner.
Emma’s moving essay is a great representation of the values based education that St. Patrick School instills and we couldn’t be more proud of her and all the students’ essays. As Emma puts it:
“The America I believe in is diverse, revolutionary, and prosperous, with a credence of hope. We are open to all races, and we have been a beacon of leadership and democracy.”
“The America I believe in is one that inspires others, supports and respects each other, and accepts all who are suffering. It is a country that grants opportunities to all, whether it be allowing young girls an education, or boosting the start of the next generation. America is a country I will never give up on.”
Front row Emma Rotondo 1st place, Annella Rizzuto Runner Up, Carter McFadden Runner Up
Back row Don Tocci Patriots Pen Chairman, Jay Humphreys Post Commander, Jim White Past Commander