County Essay Winner

County Essay Winner photo
Hampton Bays Middle School is pleased to announce that seventh-grader Emily Barnes placed first at the county level of the National VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. She was honored at a ceremony on Feb. 26 at the Tordik-Diedrich-Duffield VFW Post 4927 in Centereach.  

Barnes received multiple proclamations during the event for her 400-word essay that was themed, “What Makes America Great.” 

Eighth-grader Elijah Amos and seventh-grader Marilyn Ramos were recognized earlier this year for being named local contest winners.

The annual VFW essay contest aims to encourage young minds to examine America’s history. More than 132,000 students across the United States pen essays for the contest each year.