WCSB celebrates essays and speeches by local youth

WCSD CHAIR KIM KIRBY, VFW POST COMMANDER WADE WILMOTH, Aaron Wilmoth from Walton Middle School, winner for first place in the Patriot’s Pen, and Walton District Superintendent Russell Hughes. (Photo by Alicia Leonard)

By ALICIA LEONARD

Commander of VFW Post 4437 Wade Wilmoth presented local students with awards for the national competitions of the Voices of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen at the Jan. 2, 2018 Walton County School Board meeting.

Wilmoth said this nationally held contest had strict rules and last year’s national winner came from Bay County.

“These essays and speeches help students recognize and become aware of our country’s deep heritage and history,” Wilmoth told the audience.

Three students were recognized for their efforts according to the district’s website: “Walton County Students in grades 9-12 were encouraged to submit a 3-5 minute essay on an audio CD expressing their views on the topic of ‘America History – Our Hope for the Future.’ Walton County had two winners for this competition, 1st place went to Rileigh Council-Stalvey from Walton High School and 3rd place went to Joshua Permenter from Walton High School. Each of these students received a monetary award for their efforts.”

Also according to the district, “Walton County Students in grades 6-8 were encouraged to submit a 300-400 typewritten essay expressing their views on the topic of ‘America’s Gift to My Generation.’ Walton County had one winner for this competition, the Patriot’s Pen, 1st place went to Aaron Wilmoth from Walton Middle School.”