Students win essay contest The VFW Auxiliary #3061 of Vermillion sponsored an essay contest for all seventh and eighth graders of Clay County called "The Patriots Pen Essay Contest on My Pledge to America."
Dorothy Lane, the Americanism chair, reports the following winners received a monetary award:
1. Edward M. Hessman, Wakonda School, son of Teresa and Lamont Hessman; 2. Josephine Kabambi, Vermillion Middle School, daughter of Jean Kabambi and Francois Bansenga.
1. Erin Rasmussen, Vermillion Middle School, daughter of Kay and Richard Rasmussen; 2. Katie Sokolowski, Wakonda School, daughter of Debra and Joe Sokolowski.
First place winners were forwarded to the district contest.