Submitted to the Herald Review MARION\u00a0\u2014\u00a0The Patriotic Pen Awards were presented to students at the VFW Past Commanders\/Presidents banquet, which took place on Dec. 10 at the VFW hall in Marion. Sixth through eighth grade students from Marion Middle School had the opportunity to enter the VFW Post No. 6015 Patriots Pen Youth Essay Contest.\u00a0The essay contest encourages youth to study history, and with their own personal experiences in daily life, express their view on the theme "What Freedom Means To Me." Althea Frayer, chairman, and Robert Friend, co-chair, presented the awards and citations to: Andrea L. Weaver\u00a0\u2014 first\u00a0place award, receiving $100 Alexis Salisbury\u00a0\u2014\u00a0second place award, receiving\u00a0$75 Jasmine N. Book\u00a0\u2014\u00a0\u00a0third place award, receiving\u00a0$50 The first place essay will go on to District 12 competitions.\u00a0All students are encouraged to enter next year's contest. A first-place winner can go on to enter the national competition and could receive $5,000 and a trip to Washington D.C.