Tonganoxie High School students honored for winning VFW contest
VFW officials presented two Tonganoxie High School students with certificates and checks after they were named winners in a VFW-sponsored essay contest.
Art Miller, commander of the local post, presented sophomore Erin Holton with a first-place certificate and senior Colby Craig with second-place honors.
The essay contest was part of the VFW's Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition on "Reaching Out to America's Future."
Holton won $75 for her essay, while Craig was awarded $50. The essays were submitted as spoken essays on cassettes and judged by local teachers.
The winning essays were sent for district judging to Washington, Kan., where Allison Hamilton, Topeka, took first. Laura Schmidt and Leslie Griswold, both from Marysville, took second and third respectively.
Those winners advance to state judging where the winner receives a $1,000 scholarship. The national winner takes home a $25,000 scholarship.
Wilbur Henson, senior vice commander; Chip Marquardt, junior vice commander; and Harold Putthoff, quartermaster, were also on hand for the contest presentation in the Tonganoxie High School library.