Saint Thomas Aquinas School Students Place in VFW Essay Contest

Every year, the students of St. Thomas Aquinas participate in the VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) essay contest. The Tolleson VFW sponsors it. This year’s theme was “What freedom means to me.” This contest is open to any student in a public school or private. St. Thomas Aquinas is very proud of their students and their reflections in their essays along with the respect given to those who have served and continue to serve in the military. Students that place at the local level have the opportunity to advance to the district and state level. Here is what they had to say.

Gina:

Q. What did your VFW essay cover?

A. My VFW essay covered “What Freedom Means to Me”.

Q. How did you feel when you hear that you placed in this contest?

A. I was very surprised and thought that I would have never won an award for my essay.

Q. What are the next steps for you after being placed?

A. I plan to continue writing essays for the VFW.

Q. What do you think you will do if you win?

A. Since I was placed third, I could not move up in the contest; however, I received a $50 check and I plan to enter in the contest next year as well.

Athena:

Q. What did your VFW essay cover?

A. The VFW essay covered the topic, “What does freedom mean to you? “

Q. How did you feel when you hear that you placed in this contest?

A. When I heard that I placed in the contest, I felt surprised and elated.

Q. What are the next steps for you after being placed?

A. The next steps include the essay being sent to state competition.

Q. What do you think you will do if you win?

A. I would be very thankful to God, my family and STA school for the support and I hope this will serve as an inspiration to other students who aspire to write.

Jaxon:

Q. What did your VFW essay cover?

A. My VFW essay covered freedom. As you probably know already, this years theme was “What Freedom Means to Me”. In my essay, I really tried to elaborate on the concept of freedom by giving examples of the privileges that freedom has given us and articulating throughout my essay how lucky we citizens of the United States of America are to be truly free.

Q. How did you feel when you hear that you placed in this contest?

A. Frankly, I was surprised. I really didn’t think that I would place in the Patriot’s Pen Contest, but it was a pleasant surprise. It really made me proud of my essay.

Q. What are the next steps for you after being placed?

A. I have always wanted to be a writer. I think being placed really boosted my confidence in myself as a writer, and I plan to write more often. I will also participate in next year’s Voice of Democracy essay contest next year since I’ll be in high school then.

Q. What do you think you will do if you win?

A. On the slim chance I win the national first place award I would be ecstatic. With 125,000 students entering this contest and writing their essays, I would be shocked if mine won first place out of all those people. It would be something I would forever remember and really leave a positive mark on my life.

Gina, Athena and Jaxon are eighth graders at St. Thomas Aquinas School.

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