Patriot's Pen Essay

Patriot's Pen Essay
Posted on 01/22/2024

Congratulations to Akshaya Sureshkumar (center-left), and Shubham Sawant (center-right) from HMS whose essays  were selected as part of the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest for the local region that includes Hillsborough, Montgomery, and Branchburg townships to advance to the state and potentially national recognition levels.  

This year's theme was:  "How are you inspired by America"

Patriot's Pen Essay Winners

Mr. Mike Schraufnagel (far left), Commander of VFW Post 8371  joined Dr. Trybulski in presenting Akshay and Shubham with certificates of merit and some scholarship funds to support their future educational efforts.

The VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in our future generation.  The Patriots Pen competition is for students in grades 6-8.  The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by writing a 300 to 400 word essay expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW National Commander-in-Chief.

Each year more than 110,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the Patriots Pen essay contest nationwide.  For more information about the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarship competitions and the work of the VFW please visit: