Liam Johnson Takes Second Place in Patriot Pen Essay Contest

Liam Johnson with award. Courtesy Photo

Liam Johnson, 7th grader at Los Alamos Middle School won 2nd place and $350 in the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest for the state of New Mexico.  Liam was honored at the LAMS Student of the Term Breakfast on Wed. March 28th. Ms. Gina Smith of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will present the award and also 12 other certificates of participation to other 7th graders.

Mrs. Gina Smith of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary said, “The VFW promotes patriotism in the youth of our communities and Liam has demonstrated through his essay that he is an outstanding example of a young patriot.”

Mrs. Jennifer Holmes, 7th grade language arts teacher said, “I always offer participation in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest as an extra credit assignment for my students.  This year 13 students took the challenge of writing the essay, which has a specific rubric provided by the VFW.  I am very proud of all the students who submitted essays and of Liam for winning at the state level.” 

Liam Johnson won $25 from the local VFW lodge and $350 from the State VFW.  “Extra credit pays off,” Liam exclaimed.

Mike Johnson, Carrie Johnson (Liam’s parents) Jennifer Holmes, (Liam’s language arts teacher), Liam,  Rex Kilburn (LAMS principal) and Kylie Johnson,(Liam’s sister). Courtesy Photo

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