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Mar 21 2018

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VFW District 10 Presents Community Awards

Sunday March 18, 2018, Northern Virginia. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Virginia District 10, recently sponsored a Teacher of the Year competition, and the Voice of Democracy essay and speaking competition for high school students, and a Patriots’ Pen essay competition for middle school students of Northern Virginia. Above  District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson and VFW Auxiliary President Regina Meehan present the Voice of Democracy 1st Place Award to Victoria Revollo.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) believes strongly in fostering good citizenship and patriotism in our leaders of the future.  Every year, the VFW sponsors the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award recognizing exceptional teachers, the Voice of Democracy essay and speaking competition for high school students, and Patriots’ Pen essay competition for middle school students. 

Assembling in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8241 Community Hall, McLean VA, District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson, and District Auxiliary President Regina Meehan, presented the awards for the Teacher of the Year, Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay and speaking competition. 

The winners were:

  • Teacher of the Year: Elementary, Middle & High School winners:

    • 1st        Darin M. Ott                           Mountain View High School 

    • 1st        Thomas X. Annunziata,       Woodbridge Middle School

    • 1st        Kathleen M. Norton              Waynewood Elementary School

  • Voice of Democracy High School winners:

    • 1st        Victoria Revollo,         Bishop Dennis J. O’Connell H.S.   Arlington, VA,

    • 2nd       Grace Salmons,         TC Williams H.S.,                         Alexandria, VA

    • 3rd       Anistasia Carvallias,   Paul VI Catholic H.S.,                 Fairfax, VA

  • Patriots Pen:

    • 1st        Anya Ambarish,         Stone Hill Middle School,          Ashburn, VA

    • 2nd       Suraya Suleman,       Silverbrook Elementary,           Fairfax Station, VA

    • 3rd       Bridget Rothwell,        Saint Ann School,                      Arlington, VA

The Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award contest recognizes exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year, a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher whose curriculum focuses on citizenship education topics — can compete.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premiere high school essay and oral presentation, contest. The theme this year is, “American History: Our Hope for the Future,”  For middle schoolers the writing theme for this Patriots’ Pen is “America’s Gift to My Generation.”

District 10 Commander Chuck Wilson stated, “Our judges, from our VFW Posts and District 10, reviewed over 200 entries from schools in the Northern Virginia area.  This year the competition for all three categories was keen.  The spirit of Americanism was prevalent in all of the essays.”

Over 80 people came and the ceremony was very well received especially with all the moms, dads, brothers, sisters, teachers, principals, and members attending. Veterans of Foreign Wars Virginia District continues to receive many accolades in the conduct of this event.  Presently headquartered in Occoquan, VA, District 10 is Virginia’s largest district with over 8,000 veteran and auxiliary members. 

Victoria Revollo 1st Place VOD (Bishop O’Connell H.S.)

Grace Salmons  2nd Place VOD (TC Williams H.S) 

Anistasia Carvalhais  3rd place VOD (Paul VI Catholic H.S.)

Darin Ott      Teacher of Year: 1st Place (Mountain View High School)

Thomas X. Annunziata  TOY 1st Place (Woodbridge Middle School)

Kathleen Norton TOY 1st Place (Waynewood Elementary School)

 

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