Guernsey student wins VFW state-level Patriot’s Pen award


GUERNSEY — The VFW Department of Wyoming is pleased to announce that Devlin Larson, a 7th grade student at Guernsey-Sunrise School, is the Wyoming first-place winner of the VFW’s 2023-24 Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. 

Devlin, who was sponsored by Lake Guernsey VFW Post 4471 and its Auxiliary in Guernsey, WY, wrote his winning essay based on this year’s theme, “How are you inspired by America?”

The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society while improving their writing skills.

The contest is a worldwide competition that gives students in grades 6, 7, and 8 the opportunity to write a 300- to 400-word theme-based essay expressing their views on democracy while competing for worthwhile awards and prizes. 

Many Wyoming students participated in the competition this year. As one of 53 finalists worldwide, Devlin will compete at the national level for individual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the congressionally chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard, and Reserve forces. With more than 1.5 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in over 6,000 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. 


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