orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 30, 2013

Students recognized at Loyalty Day Awards

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — An organization comprised of men and women who have given their time and service for their country continue a tradition of giving back to the community.

VFW Post 2775 and the Ladies Auxiliary honored several students from across the community during its 2012-2013 Loyalty Day Awards program.

Carrie Grace Henderson was the first place winner in the Post 2775 Voice of Democracy contest. She also finished in second place at the District 2 level. Carrie received a first place certificate, a plaque for finishing second at the District level, and a $300 letter of intent to be used for college.

VFW Post 2775 also awarded Jace Bagwell second place and a $200 letter of intent, while Ivy Casteel and Allison Vandagriff, third and fourth place respectively, received a certificate and a $50 cash prize each.

“This is something to be proud of,” said James Seales, Senior Vice Commander of Post 2775, to all of the winning students in attendance. “Keep going like you are and you will go a long way in life.”

Each high school age student in ninth through twelfth-grade participating in the Voice of Democracy contest must write an essay and then transfer the essay to tape. The audio essay must be three to five minutes in length and is judged based on the theme for the year.

The Patriot’s Pen is a written essay contest for students in sixth through eighth-grade. A total of 148 students participated in this year’s essay contest.

First place was awarded to Naomi McCormick. Her prizes were a certificate and a $200 cash prize.

Second place went to Hallie Stack, along with a certificate and $100 prize. Reanna Longmier was third and Isa Weizonegger placed fourth. Each of these girls received a certificate and $50 cash prize from VFW Post 2775.

Other awards included the presentation of the VFW Memorial Scholarship, valued at $500, to Lacey Woodard, and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, which was presented to Denise Willingham of St. Mary Catholic School.