The Eighth District of the Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars announced the winners of the 2003 Patriots Pen competition. The contest was among seventh- and eighth-grade students from Portage, Mahoning, Trumbull and Summit counties on the 2002-03 theme My Pledge to America.
The Portage County winner and representative is eighth-grader Megan N. Geil, sponsored by Garrettsville VFW Post No. 5067.
The post winners, county winners and the district winner will receive awards representing more than $1,800 in prizes and plaques acknowledging their efforts in the contest at a dinner and awards ceremony to be held Sunday at Post No. 9571 in Ellsworth.
This year, the contest totaled a record 488 entries. Next year, the theme will be My Dream for America. Any VFW post can accept entries and give further information.