2014 Patriots Pen Winner

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Madelynn Dostal

2014 Patriots Pen 1st Place Winner

Madelyn Dostal is this years Patriots Pen 1st Place winner for the Hebert-Kennedy VFW Post 3979 Patriots Pen competition. A student at the Cloquet Middle School, Madelyn has already developed an award winning essay writing style that will certainly come in handy in her future years. We look forward to reading more of Madelyns work. This year's theme was "Why I am proud to be an American". Below is a copy of the winning essay.

Madelyn Dostal

Why I am proud to be an American

By Madelynn Dostal

"To some people, being an American can mean that you live in the United States. To others, it might mean that you serve with America. There are so many different ways that you could describe America and its residents. Strong, hardworking, independent, political or even sophisticated. But to me, being an American means that I am part of a country that is free and much more political than many other countries. We've also done some pretty amazing things! After all, we were the first country to get to the moon! We have also endured some of the worst hardships (not as bad as some countries but still, we have had some tough times). Mostly though, I am proud to be an American because I am part of a country that believes in change. I believe that change is a huge part of forgiveness and good relationships with other countries. We also have some amazing troops that give up their lives to help others around them. All in all, I am proud to be an American because, once again, I am part of a strong, hardworking country that believes in positive changes."

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