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Local VFW Honors Teacher and Young Authors

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Desert Wind Middle School, Maricopa, AZ
Charlie Kemp, Mike Kemery, and Clarence 'Golde' Golden from the Maricopa VFW visited Desert Wind Wednesday to award students for the Patriot's Pen Essay contest. This years topic was a difficult one, 'America's Gift to My Generation'.  "We are very proud of our students and the thought that they put into their essays," Shannon Hull, 20+1 teacher says. "They worked on these essays as part of a social studies assignment in October. "
There were 148 essays submitted this year from all Maricopa middle schools (public and charter). Of the top ten essays, eight winners came from Desert Wind Middle School. 
This list is the top 10 from Maricopa (Desert Wind), the top 3 will go on to the VFW district competition, then to state, then to the national competition.
The top three winners in Maricopa received a framed certificate, a Patriot's Pen medal, and a cash prize. 
1st place-Delaney Krenke
2nd place-Baily Martinez
3rd place-Keegan Walters
4th place-Mia Ryska
5th place-Rizelle Nolasco
6th place-Colter Asbell
7th place-Legacy Traditional School
8th place-Legacy Traditional School
9th place-Molly Jorgensen
10th place-Abigail Judd
Mrs. Hull was also honored to receive the Maricopa VFW's Teacher of the Year Award.


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