Olsen takes third place at the District Patriot’s Pen competition

Ana Olsen, an 8th grade student at St. Timothy’s School, was among 11 other Maple Lake students that were selected locally to go on to the Patriot’s Pen District competition for their outstanding essays. On December 5th Ana and her family were invited to the District Awards ceremony in Jennings, Minnesota where she was announced as the 3rd-place winner. She contended against 685 entrants there. Ana is the daughter of Nick and Bridget Olsen. The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is a national competition sponsored by the VFW.
Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was “What Freedom Means to Me.”

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