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Thursday, 08 February 2018 01:02

Richmond County Early College Student Places in VFW Essay Contest

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Faith Norton was recognized for her VFW essay. Faith Norton was recognized for her VFW essay. Contributed photo.

HAMLET – Last month, two ninth grade students from the Richmond Early College High School were recognized for their entries in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voices of Democracy Essay Contest.


Abigail Hudson and Faith Norton were encouraged to enter by their ninth grade English I teacher Gretchen Grooms. Students were able to compete by writing and recording a three to five-minute audio essay on the annually chosen patriotic theme.

The theme for this year’s contest was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Entries were judged based on the writer’s content, originality, and delivery.

From these criteria, Norton was chosen to represent the district at the state level in Sanford, N.C., where she placed in the top 20 and received $200 toward her college education.

Richmond County Schools would like to thank the VFW for its continued support of local students.