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Nine La Grange-area middle and high school students received awards on February 16 in the annual American Legion Essay Contest sponsored by the Robert E. Coulter, Jr., Post in La Grange.

The Being an American Essay Contest is open to high school students between the ages of 13 and 19.

— The Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter DAR announced the winners of the American Essay Contest for 2012-13. This year’s topic was “The Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence.” The focus was on unrecognized people and groups, including African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, women, and others who provided military or public service in support of the American Revolution.

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American Freedom Essay Contest c/o The Constitutional Walking Tour P.O. Box 2066 Philadelphia, PA 19103

Three local students recently took first place in the District 5 American Legion Auxiliary Americanism essay contest. And two of those students went on to place first in the statewide competition, according to information from the Unit No. 54 American Legion Auxiliary in Moab.

The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded four local state level winners for the American History Essay Contest. All four winners were sponsored by Grand Canyon Chapter in Scottsdale.

Pictured (l-r): Regent, Katie Paulsen; Betty Heenan; Grace Taylor, 6th Grade, Cocopah Middle School; Sarah Broders, 5th Grade, Cochise Elementary School; Megan Johnson, 7th Grade, Herberger Honors Academy; Adelina Effendi, 8th Grade, Desert Canyon Middle School; Nancy Arnold, Arizona State Vice Chairman, American History Essay Contest. This is an annual, national essay contest.

For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter and upcoming meetings, please contact Regent, Katie Paulsen at or visit .The Americanism Essay Contest is an annual event, presented by the Elks Lodge #2517 Americanism committee, which also helps in programs such as the Flag Day activities and official retirement of American flags. The contest calls out to teachers at Lake Area school districts, asking their students to write an essay following outlined guidelines for the provided topic. According to Americanism committee chairman Jerry Seifert, this year’s topic encouraged more than 300 seventh- and eighth-grade students in the Lake Area to enter.