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Kaylee Arndt, center, a Fillmore Central eighth grader from Preston, is shown with First District VFW Auxiliary President Karianne Hermanson, at left, and First District VFW Senior Vice Commander Mike Meyer after placing second at the district level for her essay in the Patriot Pen competition.
SUBMITTED PHOTO Kaylee Arndt, center, a Fillmore Central eighth grader from Preston, is shown with First District VFW Auxiliary President Karianne Hermanson, at left, and First District VFW Senior Vice Commander Mike Meyer after placing second at the district level for her essay in the Patriot Pen competition.
Kaylee Arndt placed second at the district level for her essay in the “Patriot’s Pen” competition. The essay competition is sponsored annually by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its auxiliary. It is open to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

The theme for the 2016 competition was “The America I Believe In.” Kaylee was the first-place winner at the local competition last fall. Her essay was one of 71 entries from Fillmore Central High School. Her brother, Kaleb, was also a local winner – his essay took second place.

Kaylee and the other Patriot’s Pen essay winners from the First District VFW were honored at a luncheon at the Kenyon VFW post home on Saturday, Feb. 4. Kaylee received a $100 award from the district.

Kaylee is an eighth grade student at Fillmore Central High School. She is the daughter of Tonya and Dustin Arndt of Preston.