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Tahoma students earn awards for essays
Maple Valley Black Diamond Post 5052 Veterans of Foreign Wars honored the winners of this year’s Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy contest at the Tahoma School District.
As part of the contest, students wrote a 250-400 essay with the prompt “Is our Constitution still relevant?”
Essays discussed things such as the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment.
Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy is the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier outreach program, engaging students in the community.
The winners received cash awards and the opportunity to compete at districts, which includes a majority of King County.
Dessa Mehan of Tahoma High School and Nathan Simmons of Tahoma Middle School both placed second in their divisions at the District competition. Notably, Simmons was second overall in the Patriots Pen competition.
Cedar River Middle School
Jessica Goulet Third
Robert Copeland Second
Katherine Ho Chee First
Megan Greenstein Honorable Mention
Tahoma Middle School
Piper Connel First
Kyle Sherick Third
Andrew Bruneel Second
Nicholas Dazell Honorable Mention
Nathan Simmons Honorable Mention
Kayla Ondick Honorable Mention
Jaclyn Allen Honorable Mention
Tracey Anderson Honorable Mention
Stephen Kinshella Honorable Mention
Haley Moss Honorable Mention
Tahoma High School
Isabel Bammer First
Dakota Storm Second
Dessa Meehan Second
Alissa Bates Third
Dessa Meehan (Voice of Democracy Second), Nathan Simmons (Patriots Pen Second overall, sixth through eight grades.