Each year the VFW Auxiliary holds an essay contest for students in grades six through eight with a theme chosen by state officials to write something about patriotism.
The theme this year was, “What would I tell America’s founding fathers.” Jim St. Peter of St. Mary’s School and Colton Maas, of St. John’s School, were chosen as first place winners receiving $75 each.
Benjamin Draper of St. John’s and Alex Woitas were chosen as second place winners each receiving $50.
Both first place students read their essays Monday night at a special program held at the Servicemen’s Club and received their checks, presented by Ralph Grundmeyer.
Both essays will be entered into competition at the state level and if chosen can go on to the national level. The first place prize at the national level is a $10,000 bond. To listen to a portion of each essay go to the video section of this website.
Sleepy Eye Firemen, Dan Braun and Jon Hansen, were also given special recognition at the program. Dan received recognition as lower level caretaker, chairman of the annual benefit, president of the Fire Department Association and for over 20 years of service with the Sleepy Eye Fire Department. Jon was recognized for his service as a former fire chief of the Sleepy Eye Fire Department, his present position as the secretary treasurer of the department and for over 20 years of service on the Sleepy Eye Fire Department. Both men were presented plaques by auxiliary president Myrtyce Remus and auxiliary chaplin Joyce Neid.