PRIEST RIVER — Dozens of local North Idaho students in grades 6-12 entered Priest River’s Veterans of Foreign Wars annual essay competitions this year. Four of them will advance to the District competition in Spirit Lake in December.
“We had a great turnout this year,” said Commander Joe English from VFW Post 2909. “Thanks to the support of teachers and parents, our judges read and heard some great student essays that shared personal stories about our American history and our nation’s future.”
Three students from Priest River Junior High School were selected to advance: Zander G. Marshall ($100 winner), Emily L. Hatfield ($50 winner), and Jazmine Brown ($25 winner). One 9th grade student from House of the Lord Christian Academy was also selected to advance: Elizabeth G. Neale ($100 winner). Lillian M. Nolan from Priest River Lamanna High School was also a $50 winner.
All winners have been invited to a ceremony and free all-you-can breakfast on Nov. 18 at 113 Larch Street in Priest River. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 9 a.m. Parents, friends, teachers, essay judges and others can attend; their all-you-can-eat breakfast is only $6. This year’s local judges included: Idaho Rep. Heather Scott; Pastor Adam Harris of Valley Baptist Church; Dean Cummings, President of The Newport/Priest River Rotary Club; Roberta Bagley, Board Member at the Priest River Food Bank; and Terri Ivie of the River Valley Beacon.
If Post 2909 students win at the District and State competitions, they will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete against students from across the nation for up to $30,000.