My Town: 7th Grader Wins Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

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Riley Cunningham (Courtesy: St. Mary School)

ELYRIA, Ohio — A local middle school student was honored with the top prize in an essay contest.

Riley Cunningham won first place in the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest at St. Mary School in Elyria.

He and other winning students from area Elyria schools were recognized for their entries during a luncheon.

The 7th grader wrote his VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay on what patriotism meant to him. He also received an award and a commendation for his winning entry.