Sayville Middle School Student Josiah George Merits VFW PATRIOT’S PEN Award

VFW Award Ceremony
  • Congratulations to Middle School Eighth-grader Josiah George who earned a VFW Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Merit Award for his essay in the national competition.

    The VFW Website states:

    Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

    The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

    Josiah’s Middle School Social Studies teacher Janine Vogel said, “Josiah wrote this essay for my class and participated in the Patriot's Pen contest. He put in a lot of time and dedication to this and I am so proud of his efforts!” 

    During local VFW Post 433 ceremony, Josiah was presented with a certificate and received a check for $100.00.  


receiving the medal
certificate for award
Josiah George receives certificate
Josiah George
Reading Essay
George family