Abigail Whittaker places second nationally with Patriot’s Pen essay
Sabetha seventh grader Abigail Whittaker has earned multiple awards for her Patriot’s Pen essay titled, “What is Patriotism to Me?”
Locally, Whittaker placed second through Sabetha’s VFW Post 7285, but then went on to place first at the District and State contest. She then placed fifth nationally, out of 50 plus entries.
Whittaker was recognized for her accomplishments in the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen essay contest on Wednesday, April 14.
Whittaker was awarded $50 for placing second with VFW Post 7285. Whittaker then won a $100 scholarship for her first place finish at the District Level. She was then awarded a $250 scholarship for placing first at the State level. Then at the National level, she placed fifth, receiving scholarships in the amount of $2,500.
“We are so proud of Abigail for entering this annual contest in which she has done so well!” said Sabetha VFW Commander Marcus Gonzalez.
“What is Patriotism to Me?”
Patriotism to me is how I support my country. Being a patriot means that I recognize the importance of knowing my country’s laws and preserving its freedoms, respecting the United States and the military, and serving within my community.
Voting is an important privilege as a citizen of the United States. As the 2020 election is going on, I believe that we should vote for the candidate who we think is the best for our country. Every vote matters and each voter should carefully consider which candidate will change the future for the better of the country. Being a patriot means that I understand the importance of voting and the privilege that others have sacrificed in order for us to have this freedom.
Secondly, I believe that being a patriot means respecting the United States and its representatives. The flag is a strong representation of our country, and I think that kneeling during the National Anthem is wrong. I know that the supporters of kneeling are making a statement and think that they are changing things for the better, but they really are not. Kneeling during the national anthem does not erase the issues of racial inequality and some police brutality. Instead, it disrespects our country and the people who treasure our flag, including veterans, active military, and our police officers.
I love my country and serving my community. Being a patriot means that I show my appreciation by giving back. Some of the things that I have done are putting up flags during special holidays such as Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day, giving supplies to the food pantry, and recycling. I can also show my appreciation by personally thanking our service men and women.
We can all make a difference. We can work together and change our country to become more united. We can learn to respect and support our country. By understanding the US laws and its freedoms, by respecting the flag and our service persons, and by serving within the community, we can all become better Patriots. That is what Patriotism means to me.