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VFW Post 4902 awards night hosted in Keuterville

First-place winner Nicole Wemhoff.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
First-place winner Nicole Wemhoff.

KEUTERVILLE — VFW Post 4902 held its awards night Saturday, March 15, at the Keuterville Parish Hall.


Second-place winner Chaye Uptmor.


VFW 4902 post commander Joe Riener congratulates Voice of Democracy third-place winner Sarah Chmelik.

In the education contests Kim Schumacher was named teacher of the year.

Nicole Wemhoff was the Voice of Democracy first-place winner and also took third in the district competition. Chaye Uptmor was second and Sarah Chmelik was third.

In the Patriot’s Pen competition Anna Kaschmitter took first place with Owen Anderson second and Jessie Sonnen third.

Schumacher and the three Patriot’s Pen winners were unable to attend due to conflicts but the three VOD winners were there and Wemhoff was asked to give her speech.

“I am very proud to participate in the VFW annual awards program because of the outstanding student entries I see each year. This year, Anna, Owen, and Jessie set a new standard for sixth grade students to compete in our essay competition,” said Joe Riener, commander, VFW Post 4902. “These three young writers have two more years to compete for the chance to win the national prize of a $5,000 bond. Congratulations to them, and good luck to all students from Highland, Prairie, Summit Academy, or home schooled, on next year’s competition. The themes for next year’s awards, competition rules, and entry forms are available on the VFW website,”

In the Post awards Roger Burgess, Kelvin Davis, Henry DeShiell, Pepper Harman, Pat Madden and Dale McElroy were awarded 5-year pins. Gary Hattrup, Monte Schmidt and Vern Sonnen were awarded 15-year pins. Roy Arnzen received his 20-year pin. Eugene McHugh received his 25-year pin and Richard Currin and Frank Schober their 45-year pins.

Mark Tacke, Vince Poxleitner, Lee Rehder and Anselm Schumacher were recognized as the only surviving World War II veterans in the Post


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