KNOX The Clarion Veterans of Foreign Wars is pleased to announce that Kiara Phillips, an eighth-grade student from Keystone High School, is the first-place winner of the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest for 2021-22.

Phillips wrote her winning essay based on this year's theme, "How Can I Be A Good American?"

Second-place winner was Emily Pfaff and third-place winner was Ryleigh Dittman, both are also eighth-grade students at Keystone High School.

The VFW enacted the Patriot's Pen youth essay competition in 1995 as a way to encourage young minds to examine America's history, along with their own experiences in modern American society while improving their writing skills.

The contest is a worldwide competition that gives students in grades six, seven and eight the opportunity to write a 300- to 400-word theme-based essay expressing their views on democracy while competing for worthwhile awards and prizes.

There were 38 entries submitted to Clarion VFW this year. All Clarion County schools are included at the local level. Phillips and Pfaff will have their essays forwarded to the district level for further competition.

There, they will have the opportunity to move on to the state and national level for individual awards ranging from $500 to $5,000.

CLARION - Clarion University of Pennsylvania is one of 42 institutions of higher education in the commonwealth that have been awarded It's On Us PA grants. Clarion University will receive $24,000.

KNOX -- Knox Lions Club December Student of the Month is Josiah Hansford a student at Keystone High School who was presented with his certificate of achievement and monetary gift by Lion Bill Black.

KNOX The Clarion Veterans of Foreign Wars is pleased to announce that Kiara Phillips, an eighth-grade student from Keystone High School, is the first-place winner of the VFW's Patriot's Pen youth essay contest for 2021-22.

KNOX The Clarion Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Spec. Ross A. McGinnis Post and Auxiliary 2145 announces Gina M. Clark, an eighth-grade reading teacher at Keystone High School in Knox, as a winner of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher award.

KNOX - Knox Lions Club October Student of the Month is Owen Easton a senior at Keystone High School who was presented with his certificate of achievement and monetary gift by Lion Bill Black.

FRILLS CORNERS - North Clarion School District will hold its annual Veterans Day assembly at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in the high school gymnasium and at the Veterans Memorial Park located between the high school and elementary buildings.

CLARION - Clarion University Physics Department will present Stars over Clarion at 7 and 8 p.m. Nov. 4 in Donald D. Peirce Planetarium, located in Grunenwald Science and Technology Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.