Elizabeth Reid Sweeps State Essay Contest

Elizabeth Reid, a Northampton Middle School student, is to be congratulated for her statewide sweep of the Virginia American Legion middle school essay contest.  Each year, the American Legion Post 56 in Cheriton invites Northampton County Middle School students to write a one-page essay that begins with, “I like living in America because. . . ”.

Earlier this year Ms. Reid’s essay won 1st place in the Eastern Shore preliminary competition.  As best in the Commonwealth, she was presented another certificate and $250 at the Northampton School District Awards ceremony in May.  Her essay declared that she liked living in America “because of our many freedoms, the diversity, and our military.” She further expressed that “I am very fortunate to live in this country.”

Post 56 Commander Joseph Vaccaro presented Ms. Reid’s award, noting that her recognition should be proudly celebrated because her achievement was a Northampton Middle School repeat.  Last year, Alex Marshall, then a Northampton Middle School student, also won both the Eastern Shore and Commonwealth’s American Legion essay contest top prizes.



3 Responses to “Elizabeth Reid Sweeps State Essay Contest”

  1. Gwyn Coghill on June 6th, 2015 9:23 pm

    Congratulations Elizabeth!! I’m proud of my little Kipper!!

  2. Joe Vaccaro on June 8th, 2015 10:41 am

    Thank you Cape Charles Wave for printing this story. Ms. Reid and Alex Marshall did an outstanding job with this contest. A point of fact is this contest is conducted on a state and national level. To have one school win this two years in a row at the state level is highly commendable; especially when you think of the thousands of essays that were screened for this honor. This is the type of story that should be in the local papers. The teachers and students at this school are the future of the ESVA and we should celebrate their grand achievements. On behalf of Post 56 I’d also like to thank Legionnaire Bill Payne for all of his efforts throughout the years with this Middle School Essay Contest. Let’s make it three in a row for next year!

  3. Tina Churn on June 8th, 2015 8:42 pm

    Congratulations Elizabeth! This is quite an honor.