“Our veterans are the backbone of America. They support and protect our liberties and freedoms. I owe my life, and all I hope to achieve, to their bravery and sacrifice.” – from Elyse Jones’ “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans” essay.
Jefferson Middle School eighth grader, Elyse Jones, was recently awarded the Patriot’s Pen Award from the John W. Tiffany Post 53 Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with a $150 scholarship. As part of the award, Elyse, her parents, Dave and Michele, and her grandmother, Sharon Tibbitts, were treated to lunch at Friendly’s. Elyse was the winner at the post level.
“Elyse is a fine example of a young individual who values her community,” said Jefferson Middle School Principal, Carm Proctor. “She displays the characteristics of citizenship that we want for all our students. We are all very proud of her.”
The theme for the 2014-2015 essay contest was “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Each year the contest is open to students in grades 6-8. Elyse was honored to write the essay.
“Our veterans have given up so much for us, it only felt right to give my appreciation through writing an essay,” said Elyse. “It is good to write for something like the Patriot’s Pen because it gets you thinking about different issues that just what is inside your classroom.”