Sunday, February 17, 2013

Alex's First Place Essay - Local Level



Song:  Gymnopedie #1

Rendition:  Kaori Fujii & Erik Cecil





Alex had entered a "Patriot's Pen" essay contest for extra credit
in his English and Social Studies classes about four months ago.

The contest is sponsored by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) posts.

It has four levels of competition:

First level:  Local 
(up to 15 VFW posts)

Second:  Regional
(in Nevada...just as in his math competitions....
I am presuming there are two regions:  North and South)

Third:  State

Fourth:  Nationals

Last night...
we received a phone call from the local VFW post.
 Alex had won 1st place with his essay at the local level.

They are having a dinner and an awards ceremony in a few days at a local VFW post...
and Alex is to receive his award at that time.

I am presuming that his essay will be automatically entered to the next level.

We will find out more details at the dinner in a few days.



Alex with his book on the U.S. Constitution.
He has been using this as his reference guide for many assignments.

(I have to point out that the book had one glaring mistake in it...
I had pointed it out to Alex...and he understands.
It called the U.S. a Democracy (we are not)...
when we are, in fact...
a Constitutional Republic).


The Essay had to be a minimum of 300 words...
and a maximum of 400 words.

The essay's subject had to be about:

"What I would tell America's Founding Fathers".







Alex loves school and he loves the chance to be creative in his assignments.

This is what children want most in their education...
clear concepts...
an assignment with wide enough parameters where they can 
creatively demonstrate their mastery of the concepts...
definitive feedback...
eventually...
a competitive atmosphere to test themselves.


It is not the actual placement that motivates the child...
 so much as it is the chance to express himself creatively...
to be heard and understood...
to have the ability to spread his wings and fly.

This is, after all...
 the flowing undercurrent in a deeply satisfying life...isn't it?


2 comments:

  1. Alex certainly has been given great opportunities to express himself creatively through his assignments from school, and he has done so remarkably. Ccngrats to Alex!

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  2. His teachers at his school have been very imaginative in their assignments. Alex has kept his high interest in his classes, in part, because of stimulating assignments.

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