Austin Swonger wins local, district and State of Kansas VFW Patriot's Pen contest
January 4, 2023
It all started in the 8th grade classroom of South Barber teacher Danielle Jewell. Austin Swonger was one of her students who wrote an essay for the local VFW Patriot's Pen contest. Austin probably never dreamed that his patriotic thoughts he put down on paper would earn him first place in the local, district and State of Kansas VFW Patriot's Pen contest. His essay has now advanced to the national level.
The theme of the 2022 national contest is "My Pledge to Our Veterans." Austin read his essay at South Barber's Veterans Day Program November 15. The Newsgram ran his picture and essay foll...