Van Wert Lodge #1197 - Americanism Essay Winners

Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks would like to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Americanism Essay Contest.    This fraternal year, the theme for the contest was, “Why Our Veterans Are America’s Heroes”.     The students competed in divisions, by age group.

The local winners, which were forwarded to the District for further judging, were:

Division I, 5th & 6th grades
1st place, Hayden Buuck – Crestview School
2nd place – Luke Stouffer – Wayne Trace/Payne School
3rd place – Kyle Stoller – Wayne Trace/Grover Hill School

Division II, 7th & 8th grades
1st Place – Chloe Beining– Wayne Trace School
2nd Place – Sophia Saylor – Crestview School
3rd Place – Ellie Vining – Crestview School

Ellie Vining placed third in the Northwest District competition.    Luke Stouffer placed first in the Northwest District competition and also placed first in the state competition.

Van Wert Elks Lodge 1197 would like to congratulate all of our winners and we wish to thank all of the students, teachers and schools for their participation in this years essay contest.

Jill Evans was the lodge chairman in charge of the Lodge Americanism Committee.

Pictured, front row, left to right in Division One are: Hayden Buuck, Luke Stouffer and Kyle Stoller.

Pictured, back row, left to right in Division Two are Chloe Beining, Sophis Saylor and Ellie Vining.