Each year, the Watchung Hills Elks Foundation sponsors an Americanism essay contest, asking area students in grades five through eight to write an essay on a patriotic topic—this year's essay topic was “What Does the National Anthem Mean to Me?”
Six Warren students received awards in the local contest, including:
- Kimberly Walters (Woodland School) 1st place Grade 5
- Jamie Davis (Mt. Horeb School) 2nd Place Grade 5
- Thomas Krause (Woodland School) 3rd Place Grade 5
- Justin Halper (Middle School) 1st place Grade 7
- Kailyn Carreira (Middle School) 3rd Place Grade 7
- Alyssa deCavaignac (Middle School) 2nd Place Grade 8
The essays were judged on originality, development of the student's theme, and mechanics and neatness.
"This is a most important contest because it involves school children in your area in Americanism at its best and shows that the Members of your Lodge are proud to be Americans, proud to be Elks and proud to participate in the Americanism programs of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks," Ira Earp, chairman of the Grand Lodge Frateral Committee which oversees the contest, said.