Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School eighth graders Thomas Henry, Gia Kalvo, and Hadley Wimsatt were awarded prizes for their essay submissions in the annual VFW Patriot Pen youth essay competition. 

The Patriot Pen is conducted nationwide, and gives students an opportunity to express their views on an annual patriotic theme, which this year was "The America I Believe In." Summit middle school teachers Neal Sharma, Gary Burns, and Grace Buonpane organize the essay contest in their classes each year.

Steve Falk and Frank Perlzak, members of the Berkeley Heights VFW Post 6259, presented the students with their certificates and prizes.

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