Raymond W. DeMeola Memorial VFW Post 1615 Commander-in-Chief John Antonucci surprised seventh-grader Anthony D. at South Orangetown Middle School Monday afternoon to personally congratulate him for placing second in the Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest for VFW New York State District 2, which spans from Ulster County to Staten Island. Chief Antonucci presented Anthony with a certificate and plaque that reads “An exceptional spokesperson for patriotism.”

In his award-winning essay on this year’s contest theme, “America’s Gift to My Generation,” Anthony expressed appreciation and hope. “The gift of freedom given to my generation must not be squandered…but it is up to us to use those freedoms, along with education and hard work, to achieve our dreams” he wrote. “I am so excited to see what the future holds for me.”

Congratulations, Anthony!

VFW Commander in Chief Antonucci surprises SOMS student with essay award  Seventh-grader Anthony D. holding plaque with VFW Commander in Chief Antonucci, Principal Tesik and Assistant Principal Corey

 

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