On December 14th, 2017, VFW Post 4398 held it’s regular meeting at the Ray Co. Vets Bldg. Following the opening ceremonies the floor was handed over to Patricia Fields, the VOD/PP Chairman. She introduced each of the winner’s of this year’s Youth Essay programs. The Voice of Democracy winner was Abigail O’Dell, a student at Orrick High School. Abigail read her entry to the members and was then presented a plaque and a check for $150.00.
The Patriot’s Pen winner was Isis Crowley, a student of the Orrick School District. Isis was to nervous to read her entry and had Patricia Fields read it. She was then presented with a plaque and a check for $150.00. The second place winner was Megan Guy, who is home schooled and lives in Richmond. She read her entry and was then presented a framed certificate and a check of $50.00. The third place winner was Laney Moyer, a student at Richmond Middle School. She read her entry and was then presented a framed certificate and a check for $25.00.