St. Mary's eighth grade students wrote prize-winning essays for the New Ulm VFW’s Patriot’s Pen contest.

St. Mary's eighth grade students wrote prize-winning essays for the New Ulm VFW’s Patriot’s Pen contest. The students wrote essays telling why they appreciate the freedoms our country gives us. The winners were, from left: Trent Steffensmeier, first place - $100; Jacob Stevens, second place - $75; Reagan Severson, third place - $50 and Madison Mathiowetz, fourth place - $25.