GILBERT — Eveleth-Gilbert student Brennan Muhich wrote an essay telling why he honors the American flag — and won first place in the state in the annual Patriot's Pen competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the VFW Auxiliary. He took first in the District 8 VFW contest to advance to state.
A student in the junior high in Gilbert, Brennan was honored at the State VFW Midwinter Grand Banquet in Minneapolis on Jan. 19, where he received a $300 scholarship, plaque and personalized jacket. His essay now moves on to the national competition.
Brennan is the son of Mark and Alison (Perry) Muhich of Eveleth. Brennan's English teacher is Daniel Berry.
Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the national VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The theme for 2018-2019 was "Why I honor the American flag."
Brennan's brother, Quinn Muhich, a senior at Eveleth-Gilbert High School, in 2017-2018 placed fourth on the state level in the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest, receiving the Betty Heuer Memorial Scholarship.