Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3571 of Delta hosted the VFW District 11 meeting and district awards banquet Sunday, Feb. 11. VFW and Auxiliary members representing nine posts and seven auxiliaries on the Western Slope honored the district winners of three contests sponsored by the VFW and Auxiliary.
The Patriot's Pen is an essay contest open to middle school students throughout the United States. The Voice of Democracy is an essay and oral presentation contest open to high school students, and the Teacher of the Year contest honors teachers from three levels, elementary, middle school, and high school, throughout the United States. Winners of local contests are honored locally and advance to the district level. Winners are honored at district award ceremonies and the first place winner advances to the department (state) level. They are again honored at that level and compete to advance to the national level where students can receive scholarships up to $30,000.
District 11 winners of the Patriot's Pen contest were Sarah Teel, first; Katie Donohoe, second; and Megan Jenkins, third. Sarah advanced to department where she placed second in the state of Colorado.
District 11 winners of the Voice of Democracy contest were Melinda Huspen, first; Veneice Miller, second; and Carisa Rhiness, third. Melinda advanced to department, where she placed fourth in the state of Colorado.
District 11 Teacher of the Year Winners were Kris Allen, high school; Jennifer Mayrose, middle school; and Cristen Chermak, elementary school. All three have advanced to department where their placing has not yet been released.