Eighth-Grader Lillian Dunbar wins VFW writing contest

From left, Dr. David Robertson, Commander Bob Dockery, Lillian Dunbar, JoElla Hauselman, Abbi Richcreek. Photo provided.

WARSAW – Lillian Dunbar, an eighth-grade student at Edgewood Middle School in Warsaw, has won a writing contest sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars local Post 1126.

Edgewood Middle School teacher Abbi Richcreek made the announcement on Thursday.

Dunbar won $500.

This marks the fourth year Richcreek’s students entered the writing contest. Last year’s winner was Gwen Bowman. 2020’s winner was Aeva Ashenfelter.  2019’s winner was Haley Rodewald. This contest is held at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Richcreek is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teacher at EMS who is passionate about inspiring her students to take full advantage of opportunities to grow. This was not a classroom or homework assignment, but rather an invitation to go above and beyond.

This year’s theme was “My Pledge To Our Veterans.”

The award was presented by past Commander, Bob Dockery, from VFW’s Post 1126.

Ken Archer, current Commander explained, “The entries this year were extremely enticing and encouraging to see from a group of young adults. The board just thought Lillian’s essay expressed what our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1126 views represent.”

Lillian Dunbar conveyed her appreciation.

“I am grateful to VFW for this opportunity to win funds that I will save for my future education.  I am also thankful for the veterans that allow us our current freedoms.”

A copy of Lillian’s essay can be found on Edgewood’s website under the NEWS section.