Patriotism Essay Contest 2010


The George S. & Stella M. Knight
Essay Contest 2010


Ms. Tondreau reads her essay at the April meeting of the Fairfax Resolves

The Fairfax Resolves annual essay competition was recently won by Brigitte Tondreau, a senior at George Marshall High School. Brigitte, a Vienna, VA resident, chose to write on “The Articles of Confederation: An Under-Appreciated Success”. Most historians agree that upon examination the “Articles” were considered a failure. Brigitte chose to emphasize what the “articles” were good for and not why they failed. “……They successfully divided the western lands, unified the states and kept them from turning against each other in civil war, and served as a model and example for the framers of the Constitution that is still in use today”.


Brigitte produced a wonderful essay that Larry Lamborn and Larry McKinley thought well enough of to send to State and she won at that level over 18 other SAR Chapters. Brigitte’s essay, along with her presentation of the winning essay, will be published on the Fairfax Resolves web-site when we obtain the results of the national competition held in June.


Comments from our Chapter President Jack Sweeney in a letter he wrote to Brigitte letting her know she won. …“I have been notified by the State Chairman of the Knight Essay Contest, Dr. Lou Beech, that you are the Commonwealth’s first place winner and will be the recipient of $1,000. I can’t say how pleased I am to convey this information to you and congratulate you for your excellent work titled, “The Articles of Confederation: An Under-Appreciated Success”.


The purpose of all our youth contests is to stimulate original research into a Revolutionary War event, place, person or document that shaped our country and the freedoms we enjoy today. You are a wonderful example of hard work, creative thought and outstanding communication of your original research. Thank you for participating and being a Chapter and State winner may not be the end of your essay. Your essay will automatically will be entered in the National contest as a State winner. We expect to hear results of that contest in the June timeframe. Good Luck to you Brigitte!!!


Chapter President Jack Sweeney presents Ms. Brigitte Tondreau with the award for her winning essay “The Articles of Confederation: An Under-Appreciated Success”




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2017-2018 Patriot's Pen 2017-28 Theme

"America's Gift to My Generation"

Student Entry Deadline:  October 31, 2017

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2017-2018 Patriot's Pen Essay Winners
The winners of the 2017-2018 Patriot's Pen Essay contest at KMS are as follows:
1st place - Ben McMullan
2nd place - Katie Dalton
3rd place - Hayden Sando
4th place - Anelle Harris

2017-2018 Kennett Middle School Veteran's Day Assembly

2016-2017 Patriot's Pen Essay Winners

The winners of the 2016-2017 Patriot's Pen Essay contest at KMS are as follows:
1st place - Will Johnson
2nd place - Katelyn Chitester
3rd place - Adelynn Nelson
4th place - Owen Ross

Also pictured is Mr. Freddie Greenway from the Kennett VFW Post 5443.

Below is a slide show of the 2016-2017 Veteran's Day Assembly.

2015-2016 Patriot's Pen Essay Winner

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Photo by Laura Ford, staff -----KMS Patriot's Pen winners and the Kennett VFW Post's nominee for Teacher of the Year were honored Tuesday night at the post's monthly meeting. Pictured from left are Gerald Wilkerson, Eliza Raspberry, Olivia Daniels, Emma McCormick, Connie Oldsen, Jimmy Ingram, and Jessie Wells

Slide Show below of 2015-2016 Patriot's Pen Essay Winners at the VFW Banquet Dinner on February 2, 2016

2015-2016 Patriot's Pen Essay Winners

Photo by Jill Hyde, staff Commander Greenwell presented certificates to the winners of the Patriot's Pen essay contest on Monday morning at the KMS Veteran's Day assembly. Participants of the contest were required to write a 400-500 word essay based around the theme "What Freedom Means to Me." Pictured (L to R) are winners: Olivia Daniels, first place; Eliza Raspberry, second place; and Emma McCormick, third place. 
2014-2015 Patriot's Pen Essay Winners
Source:  Photo submitted by Mike Mowrer to the Daily Dunklin Democrat.  Click here for the full story from our local newspaper.

Kennett VFW Post 5443 hosted Patriot's Pen winners during its February 2015 meeting at their headquarters on the South By-Pass in Kennett, MO. Pictured are Larry Warbritton, Gerald Wilkerson, Allie Parrent (third place), Emma Phillips (second place), Kara Newton (first place), and Jesse Wells. The post also hosted their Teacher of the Year, Kim Figgins.

Photo by Steve Patton with the Daily Dunklin Democrat.  Winners of the annual Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest were announced at the annual KMS Veterans Day Assembly. Pictured, from left, are KMS Principal Ward Billings, Eighth District U.S. Congressman Jason Smith, Allie Parrent (Third Place), Emma Phillips (Second Place), Kara Newton (First Place), and Kennett VFW Post 5443 Commander Philip Greenway.   Click here for full story. 
2013-2014 Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest

Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest 2012-2013

BELOW:  KMS Student, Hadley Hilburn,
places 2nd in the District Patriot's Pen Essay Contest       
                               Full story from DDD

KMS Student wins 2nd place
in District Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

Veteran's Day Assembly for 8th grade 
November 7, 2012

V.F.W. Post 5443 member, SGM Phillip Greenway presented the student awards to the Patriots' Pen Essay winners.  This event is sponsored by the Kennett VFW Post 5443.

The 2012-2013 winners are
1st place - Hadley Hilburn
2nd place - Hannah Criswell
3rd place - Alex Privett

Veteran's Day Assembly for 8th grade
November 9, 2011

V.F.W. Post 5443 member, SGM Phillip Greenway presents the student awards to the Patriots' Pen Essay winners.  This event is sponsored by the Kennett VFW Post 5443.

The 2011-2012 winners are
1st place - Bond Rouse
2nd place - Sofia Esquivel
3rd place - Luke Jones


2009-2010 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest Winners:
1st place:  Allison Shaver
2nd place:  Clayshade Hudson
3rd place:  Bryan Waller
Honorable Mention
Jay Brock and Samantha Hale 

2009 Patriots' Pen Essay Awards Dinner

Three KMS students were recently honored by the local VFW for their participation in the annual Patriot's Pen Essay Contest.   KMS students:  Holly Sando placed 1st, Clara Henderson placed 2nd and D'Erika Rucker placed 3rd.

KMS Principal Ward Billings accepted an award on behalf of the school's staff, students, and efforts of the school for 13 years of essay contributions. From left: Sue Burns, Tonya Sando, Sheila Marchbanks, Ward Billings, Tina Brown, Kim Johnson, Rick Johnson.

2008 Patriots' Pen Essay Awards Dinner

V.F.W. Post 5443 member, SGM Phillip Greenway of the 1137th Military Police Company, awards the KMS students who placed in the 2007-2008 Patriot's Pen Essay Contest, which included, from left, Adam Grantham, Shelby Spence, Ashley Bryant. Not pictured is Brant Martin who received honorable mention.

​2006-2007 Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest

​The winners in the Patriot's Pen youth-essay writing contest that gives students the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy includes first-place winner Jennifer Goldsmith, right, second-place winner Uniqua Range, center, and third-place winner Aaron Smith, left. Full DDD Newstory

​​2006-2007 Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest

Pictured:  Mrs. Tina Brown, Mr. Russ Fullerton, Mr. Ward Billings, Mrs. Kim Johnson, and Mrs. Leigh Scales
Pictured:  Mr. Phillip Greenway and Mr. Ward Billings

​2004-2005 Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest
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Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented the Kennett Middle School with a "best patriotism" award at the VFW meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2005. Front row from left, Kim Lowery, KMS principal, Leigh Scales, Debbie Lyons, Sheila Marchbanks and Connie Olson. Back row from left, Darrell Sherrill, Randy Morgan, Danny Williams and Glenn Wilcoxson.
Kennett Middle School students were presented "Americanism" awards for an essay writing sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. From left, Freddie Greenway, Jeremy Hughes, first place, Hanna Bilinski, second place, Anna Grantham, third place, Mon T. Grays and Paul Harkey.

February 2000 - photo scanned from copy of DDD newspaper - exact date unknown

 The Pledge Of Allegiance
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Kennett VFW members recognized the 2013-2014 Patriot's Pen essay winners recently at their post on the South By Pass. VFW members from left are Rocky Johnson, Jerald Wilkison, Harry Turner, Jim Ingram, and Bill Brigance. KMS students Kayton Harris and Hannah Mowrer read their winning essays. Mowrer took first place in the competition and Harris third. Second place winner Amory Smith was unable to attend. Click here for full story from Daily Dunklin Democrat.

KMS students Kayton Harris, Amory Smith and Hannah Mowrer are winners of the 2013-2014 Patriot's Pen Essay.  Click here for full story from Daily Dunklin Democrat.

ABOVE:  Hadley received her District Patriot's Pen Essay Award at Cape Girardeau during the VFW District 15 Awards Banquet on Jan. 20, 2013.
Kennett Middle School Library Media Center, Kennett, MO


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