VFW Auxiliary Rauch-Tower #5822 is very proud to announce our Patriot’s Pen winner for the 2017-18 school year. Her name is Claire Chrisinske, an 8th-grader at Byron Middle School.
Her essay was chosen from 76 other entries from the Byron Middle School 8th-grade classes.
Each student worked hard on the project, and all of the essays were well written. Our auxiliary members read each of the entries and had a local businessperson make the final-cut. They picked the top three and then selected the order.
Claire Chrisinske was chosen first-place winner. Pearl Schmidt and Caleb Joslin were runners-ups.
Claire, Pearl, and Caleb all attended our banquet dinner held on Dec. 16 at the Burns Township Hall, Byron. They each read their essays, received their prizes, and enjoyed a wonderful meal with our auxiliary and their families.
They were also able to view a table that was set for POW/MIA’s. It’s called the “Missing Man’s Table.” At the end of the evening, everyone lit a candle at the table and said a hopeful, silent prayer.
Claire will be attending the Patriot’s Pen Banquet dinner in St. Louis in a few weeks. Wish her luck and hopefully she will move on to the “State” and “National” level. Good luck, Claire. We’re very proud of you.
Rauch-Tower VFW Auxiliary #5822