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VWF Post 6259 Members Present Awards to Students For Patriotic Essays

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VFW Post 6259 members Frank Perlzak, left, and Steve Falk give Governor Livingston High School Junior Mikayla Sanchez a plaque for winning the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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From left, VFW Post 6259 member Frank Perlzak, Governor Livingston High School Junior Mikayla Sanchez and VFW Post 6259 member Steve Falk. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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VFW Post 6259 member Frank Perlzak, left, Governor Livingston High School Junior Rachel Stuart and VFW Post 6259 member Steve Falk. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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VFW Post 6259 member Frank Perlzak, left, Governor Livingston High School Junior Rachel Stuart and VFW Post member Steve Falk. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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From left, Governor Livingston High School Principal Robert Nixon and VFW Post 6259 members Frank Perlzak and Steve Falk. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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At Columbia Middle School VFW 6259 Post members Frank Perlzak, left, and Steve Falk congratulate seventh grade student Maddie McGowan for winning the Patriot's Pen essay contest. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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From left, Frank Perlzak, Maddie McGowan, Steve Falk, Columbia Principal Frank Geiger and English teacher Belinda Healey. McGowan won the VFW Post 6259 Patriot's Pen essay contest. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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VFW Post 6259 Member Steve Falk tells Columbia Middle School eighth grade student Emily Merriman that she won the Patriot's Path Patriotic Essay contest. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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From left, Columbia Middle School Principal Frank Geiger, VFW Post 6259 members Frank Perlzak and Steve Falk, Patriot's Path Essay contest winner Emily Merriman and her English teacher Diane Corley. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Two students at Columbia Middle School and two at Governor Livingston High School received their awards for having written winning patriotic essays in the nation-wide essay contest run by the VFW.

On Friday, Feb. 23, two Columbia Middle School students received plaques to commemorate their being named winners of the Patriot’s Pen patriotic essay from Frank Perlzak and Steve Falk, both members of VFW Post 6259 in Berkeley Heights.

 

 

The winners, seventh grade student Maddie McGowan and eighth grade student Emily Merriman, had each written an essay on “America’s Gift to my Generation.” Both girls were surprised when members of the post, accompanied by Principal Frank Geiger and their English teacher, arrived in their classrooms to present the award – neither knew their essay had been selected for the honor.

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On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Perlzak and Falk came to Governor Livingston High School to present the awards to two juniors, Mikayla Sanchez and Rachel Stuart, whose audio essays on “American History: Our Hope for the Future,” won the Voice of Democracy contest. Each winner had written, then recorded, an audio essay on the topic. 

The nation-wide contest entries are judged at the local level, then district, state and, finally, national level. The girls were all local winners – with Mikayla’s essay taking third place in the district, Falk said. He said all the entries were "wonderful," and he and the post members were very proud of the writers.

 

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