Patriotic essay winners

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Six young writers recently received honors for their patriotic essays during a ceremony at Rejoice Learning Center in Castlewood. They are the 2020-21 winners from Mountain Empire Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8652 in Coeburn, Keith Maggard VFW Post 4301 in Norton and John Fox Jr. VFW Post 5715 in Big Stone Gap. In the front row, left to right, are Melanie Holbrook, Ethan Owens, Christian Nunley, Caylee Jessee, Kellsie Brown, Madelyn Musick and Ida Lawson, VFW Post 8652 auxiliary president. In the back row are Anthony Willis, commander, Mountain Empire VFW Post 8652; David Jarvis, commander, Keith Maggard VFW Post 4301; and Joe Rasnick, commander, John Fox Jr. VFW Post 5715.  PROVIDED BY ANTHONY WILLIS