VFW Essay Contest

Front row, from left, is VFW Post 8189 Commander Jim Fuller, 2nd place winner Burke Malmberg, 1st place winner Gabriella Malmberg, contestants father Brian Malmberg, VFW District 7 Commander John Kieth. Back row, from left is Auxiliary 8189 Youth & Scholarship Chairman Joel Steele, Auxiliary 8189 member Kathy Ingall, Auxiliary 8189 Patriotic Instructor Mistie Pickering, contestants mother Tina Malmberg, Auxiliary 8189 President Roger Ingall.

The VFW Post 8189 is pleased to announce that Gabriella Malmberg, a sixth grade Lecanto Elementary student, is the first-place winner of Post 8189’s 2019-2020 Patriot's Pen youth essay contest.

Brother, Burke Malmberg, finished as a close second. Gabriella wrote her winning essay based on this year’s theme, “What Makes America Great”.

Post commander Jim Fuller presented a check for $150 on behalf of the Post and its Auxiliary to Gabriella as a reward for her efforts.

Gabriella’s essay will go to VFW District 7 for judging and the winner of that will go on to the Department of Florida for judging and that winner will compete at the national level for individual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition in 1995 as a way to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society while improving their writing skills.

The contest is a worldwide competition that gives students in grades 6, 7 and 8 the opportunity to write a 300- to 400-word theme-based essay expressing their views on democracy while competing for worthwhile awards and prizes.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.VFW.org.