VFW Post 9592 conducted their 2022-23 Patriot’s Pen, Voice of Democracy and Smart/Maher National Citizens Education Teacher Award Presentation Ceremony on Friday March 10th at the Post. In attendance were local school officials, elected officials, parents and guests of the awardees, Post members and members of the Auxiliary
VFW Post 9592 presented close to three thousand dollars in scholarships to students, in both middle school and high school, whose written essays and, in the case of high school students, audio recording of those essays, that were judged to be the best among all other entries.
VFW post 9592 also recognized one teacher for promoting citizenship education in the classroom and in the school:
Post Commander, Kevin Vargas-Colon and Post Auxiliary President, Frances Inslee presented certificates and scholarships to the awardees that were present.
The first-place scholarship award for both the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy were presented in memory of PFC Thomas J Nogan Sr, US Army
The following is a list of awardees for the Post’s 2022-23 Youth Scholarship and Teacher Award contests.
Smart/Maher National Citizens Education Teacher Award:
- Samantha McKevitt of Jonas Salk Middle School, Levittown, NY
Patriots Pen Essay Scholarship Contest:
1stPlace – Kate S. Steigleider of Jonas Salk Middle School, Levittown, NY
2ndPlace – Gabriella Sayago of Jonas Salk Middle School, Levittown, NY
3rdPlace – Gianna Vaccaro of Jonas Salk Middle School, Levittown, NY
Voice of Democracy Audio/Essay Scholarship Contest:
1stPlace – Ava Young of Oceanside High School, Oceanside, NY
2ndPlace – Matthew D. Kind – of Seaford High School, Seaford, NY
This year, because of a scoring tie, the Post recognized two third place winners.
3rdPlace – Michael J. Cassano of General Douglas MacArthur High School, Levittown, NY
3rdPlace- Ava R. B. Enea of Division Avenue High School, Levittown, NY
VFW Post 9592 congratulates all our winners for a job well done.