VFW awards to Haw River Christian Academy students

By Heather Baker

Pittsboro, NC – Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) holds a couple of student competitions. These competitions are open to any student (in the appropriate age range) who lives in the county. They also have a “Teacher of the Year Award” each year.  Any teacher in the county may be nominated for this award.

human hands and us flag
Photo by Edgar Colomba

Some of our sixth through eighth-grade students entered the VFW competition entitled the Patriot’s Pen. The subject was “What is Patriotism to Me?”  Students from Haw River Christian Academy won the top three places in Chatham County. They will be entered into the regional competition.

First Place: Alexandra Cichowicz (8th Grade – $100 award)

Second Place: Katie Smith (6th Grade – $75 award)

Third Place: Gianna Segnere (6th Grade – $50 award)

Some of our ninth and tenth-grade students entered the Voice of Democracy contest also held by the VFW. The subject of this speech was, “Is this the Country our Founding Fathers Envisioned?” HRCA placed second and third in Chatham County. They will be entered into the regional competition.

Second Place: Abbigail Anderson (9th grade – $75 award)

Third Place: Nathaniel Hull (10th grade – $50 award)

Mr. Seawell (fifth-grade teacher) was awarded the Teacher of the Year award for Chatham County. Mr. Seawell was also awarded a monetary gift and will be entered into the regional competition.