HMS Students Win Patriots Pen Essay Competition

The VFW Patriots Pen Youth Scholarship program challenges junior high and middle school students in grades 6-8 to write a 300-400 word essay on a new patriotic theme each year. This year’s theme was “Why I Honor the American Flag”. Scholarships are awarded to winners, who begin by competing at the local Post level before proceeding to District, Department and finally to the National level where they battle it out for a $5,000 first place scholarship.

This year, the top three entries selected by our Post judges panel were from students attending Hillsborough Middle School located on Triangle Road. The following students were awarded  certificates and 2018/2019 Patriots Pen Scholarships:

  • Amelia R. Morrisa, a 7th grade student, received third place and was granted a $100 scholarship check.
  • Anthony Licastri, an 8th grade student, received second place and was granted a $200 scholarship check.
  • Mahati Salapu, an 8th grade student came in first place and received a $300 scholarship check.

Congratulations to all!

Patriots path scholarship

Pictured: Anthony Licastri, Amelia R. Morrisa, Mahati Salapu, Mayor Frank DelCore, VFW Representative Thomas Cellilli, and HMS Principal Dr. Joseph Trybulski


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