Posted: Monday, January 21, 2002

Support for youth essay program appreciated

On behalf of the members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary, we wish to express appreciation to the individuals who willingly donated their time to serve as judges for the VFW-sponsored Youth Essay Program this year. Students in grades 7 and 8 wrote an essay on the topic "Is Freedom Really Free?" The judges read the essays and rated them on how well they addressed the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas.

Sincere thanks to all the judges: Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dale Bagley; Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey; Paula Christiansen, director, elementary education, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District; Rebecca Cronkhite, director, Kenai Airport; Marge Hays, retired professor, Kenai Peninsula College; Dick Hultberg, retired educator/administrator; Rep. Ken Lancaster, Soldotna; and Shana Loshbaugh, education reporter, Peninsula Clarion;

Thanks also to the parents, teachers, principals and counselors who encouraged and/or assisted the students in preparing their essays and to the staff of the Peninsula Clarion for publicizing and promoting the program. Your support of the Youth Essay Program is greatly appreciated.

Lee Dotson, commander

Ruby Taylor, auxiliary president

VFW Post 10046


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