VFW Post No. 5649, auxiliary host scholarship dinner
Concordia’s VFW Post No. 5649 and its auxiliary hosted a Thanksgiving “Voice of Democracy” and “Patriot’s Pen” scholarship dinner Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Concordia Community Center.
The event included a special remembrance for Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action, tolling of the bell and a moment of silence for departed comrades and auxiliary sisters, a special Quilts of Valor presentation, a video tribute to our veterans, dinner, a raffle, and announcement of Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy essay competition winners with presentations of the winning essays.
Paula Smith, of the local Quilts of Valor Foundation, and Jeanie Peterson were on hand to present Loren Limback with a quilt.
Winners in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest were: first place—Holly Brown, a student at Concordia Junior High School; second place—Marissa Heins, a student at Saint Paul Lutheran School: and third place—Emma Johnson, SPLS. Elementary students provide a written essay for the judges’ consideration.
Winners in the Voice of Democracy contest were: first place—Abigail Rankin, a student at Saint Paul Lutheran High School; second place—Jaren Adams, a student at Concordia High School; and third place—Jules Bobzin, SPLHS. The high school students provide a written essay along with a three- to five-minute audio recording of them reading the presentation.
First- and second-place winners in the Patriot’s Pen contest advance to district contests. First-, second- and third-place winners in the Voice of Democracy contest will move on to districts.
The judges for the contest were looking for each contestants’ overall knowledge of the theme, originality, development of the theme within the essay, and clarity in expressing the theme.
Sponsors for the event were Concordia Bank and Blumen Frau Boutique.