Fifty-three Hawthorne Brook Middle School students entered the Patriot's Pen competition for students in grades six through eight, sponsored locally by Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary. This year's theme was "What patriotism means to me."

The essay submitted by Calista Carter placed first in the local competition and she will receive $100 for that accomplishment. The $70 second-place award will be presented to Rory Kay. The third-place award will be given to Tara Quilty. Calista and Rory live in Townsend. Tara resides in Ashby. All three winners are seventh-grade students.

The winners will receive their awards at an open house and awards ceremony to be held at the Townsend VFW later in the school year.

The Townsend VFW Post and its Ladies Auxiliary greatly appreciate how strongly the Hawthorne Brook Middle School administrators, faculty and staff support their Patriot's Pen competition every year.

Since rules of this national VFW and Ladies Auxiliary competition permit each Post and its Ladies Auxiliaries to forward one entry for each 15 or fraction thereof received into the district level of competition, Townsend's four highest Patriot's Pen entries were entered into the District 15 VFW level of competition.

Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its Ladies Auxiliary are pleased to announce that the $100 first-place district Patriot's Pen prize will be presented to Calista Carter and Rory Kay will receive the $50 third-place district Patriot's Pen award.