Mt. Laurel girl first place district winner in Patriot’s Pen national youth essay competition

Jamie Dunn is a sixth-grade student at Our Lady of Good Counsel school in Moorestown.

Jamie Dunn, a Mt. Laurel resident and sixth-grade student at Our Lady of Good Counsel school in Moorestown, has been named afirst-place district winner of the Patriot’s Pen national youth essay competition.

Dunn will be honored at a state awards luncheon in February and will compete with winners from 18 districts around the state for the chance to represent the state of New Jersey in the national competition.

The contest is open to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

The Patriots Pen contest consists of four levels of competition.

The first level is sponsored by local VFW posts, who submit one winner for every 15 entries to compete at the district (regional) level, where one first-place winner is advanced to the VFW Department (state) level.

The first place winner at the department level is then advanced to the national level to compete for prizes and scholarships.

This year’s topic was “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Last year more than 120,000 students participated in the contest.