MASON — Two Wahama High School students, Victoria VanMatre and Isaiah Pauley, have been chosen as essay winners by the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason.
VanMatre was chosen as the written essay “Patriot’s Pen” winner. The contest is open to grades 6-8 with the theme this year being “The America I Believe In.”
She is the daughter of Leslee Broughman and Mike VanMatre. An eighth grader, Victoria is a member of the school’s volleyball, basketball and softball teams.
Pauley was named the winner of the audio-essay “Voice of Democracy” contest. Open to students in grades 9-12, the theme of this year’s competition was “My Responsibility to America.”
He is a junior and the son of James and Brooke Pauley. Isaiah is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and president of the Rho Kappa Honor Society. He is also on the track and basketball teams.
Ray Varian, senior vice commander of the V.F.W. post, presented certificates to the two students at school this week. They will each receive a plaque and cash award at the post’s Loyalty Day dinner in May.
Varian said both VanMatre’s and Pauley’s essays now enter the district competition.
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