McConnellsburg VFW recognized five McConnellsburg Middle School students in the Patriot’s Pen essay contest. Students responded to the prompt “Are You Proud of Your Country?” The VFW gave a $200 prize to each winner from the school. This year’s school winners are sixth-graders Ian DeShong, Blaze Donelson, Wyatt Souders and eighth-graders Lex Mellott and Quintin Miller. Ian DeShong was also chosen as the overall Fulton County winner and received an additional prize for placing at the district level. Pictured above, left: Lex Mellott, Wyatt Souders, Blaze Donelson, Ian DeShong and Quintin Miller.