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Veterans of Foreign War - National Contests - Homer Williams Post 8720 winners

Passing of Joyce Mitchell
Mike and Kay Peats presented Americanism awards to the winners from Lee Road Jr. High School.
Boy Scout Troop 610 Summer Camp
Alexis King and Vice Pesident Pence
VFW Auxiliary Raffle - Independence Celebration Basket
Belk Charity Days - Fundraiser for VFW Aux 8720
Awards Presented at Northlake Christian School
Americanism Essay Awards - Lee Road Jr. High School
VFW Awards Ceremony - Dec. 17, 2016
VFW Christmas Party 2016
Rain Gutter Regatta - December 2016
Christmas Party 2016
November 2016 Meeting and Information
VFW Post 8720 - 70th Anniversary Celebration
Mayor Addresses Boy Scout Troop 610
Obituary for Ben White
Obituary for Joseph Dash
Farewell Clint Lounsbury
VFW Citizenship Education Teacher Award at the State level
Honoring Two of Our Members, Mike Peats and Jim Livermore
Forest Manor Nursing Home Bingo July 2016
Abita Springs 4th of July Celebration 2016
VFW Convention 2016
VFW Post 8720 Officers 2016
VFW Auxiliary Officers 2016
VFW Installation & Awards Ceremony 2016
Memorial Day 2016 (Abita Cemetery)
Americanism Contests
Commander/President Informational Letter 3/29/16
Obituary for Helen Inez Naquin
VFW Christmas Families 2015
Americanism and Patriot Pen Awards 2015
Lee Road Jr. High School Americanism and Patriot Pen Essay Winners 2015
Lee Road Jr. High School and Patriot Pen Essay Winners 2015
VFW Award Presentation at Northlake Christian Lower School 2015
Award Winners Recognized at VFW 2015 Christmas Party
Homer Williams VFW Post 8720 Officers 2015-2016 and Award Presentations
2015 VFW Memorial Day Service at Abita Springs Cemetery
Veterans of Foreign War - National Contests - Homer Williams Post 8720 winners
Breast Cancer Screening
Memorial Mass - Agnes Welch
American Legion National Commander's Visit, 2014
VFW Installation Awards - 2014
VFW Awards - 2014
Randon Dick Family Benefit - April 19, 2014
Marine Family Benefit
Homer Williams VFW Presents Awards
VFW Americanism Contest Winners
Northlake Christian School Awards
VFW Christmas Party, Sat., Dec. 14th @ 6:00PM
Lunch and Bingo - Reserve & Jackson Veteran Homes - 10/22/13
Passing of Julian Taylor
Flag Retirement Ceremony
State of Louisiana - Scout of the Year 2013
Flag Disposal Program Flyer VFW 8720
VFW Post 8720 Installation of Officers 2013
VFW 8720 Installation Invitation and Schlorship Application 2014
Justin Magrath, Scout from Post 8720
Gifts and Award Presentation June 2013
2013 Installation Party and Scholarship Application Form
January Meeting 2013 - Citizenship Education Teacher Award
Post 8720 Christmas Party 2012
VFW Mid-Winter Conference
Americanism Contest Awards Presented
VFW Needy Christmas Family Visit December 2012
Lee Road School Americanism Awards
VFW Americanism Contest Winners
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery Groundbreaking
Patriot's Pen Judging
Patriot's Pen Winners
Turkey and all the Trimmings
9th District Meeting
June Meeting Awards Presentations
Memorial Day Service at the Abita Spring Cemetery 2012
Installation & Awards Ceremony 2012
Donation to The Little Red School House
Fontainebleau High School Awards 2012
Woodlake Teacher Award and Flag Etiquette Class 2012
Northlake Christian School - Creative Patriotic Awards
VFW Mandeville High School Awards 2012
Election of Officers 2012 - 2013
2012 Installation of Officers and Scholarship Application
VFW Nat'l Citizenship Education Teacher Award State Winner
VFW Ladies Auxiliary Garage Sale 2012
Northlake Christian - Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy
A Chosen Christmas Family 2011
Americanism Awards
Objective of the VFW
Korean Veterans 299 Host Convention
Mike Peats VFW Commander
VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award
War Vets Visit
Ladies Auxiliary
Farewell Phyllis


National Citizenship Education Teacher Award  Winners - Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes the top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who instill patriotism and promote citizenship effectively. Competition starts at a local Post, then District, State and National level.  National winners receive $1,000 and $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National VFW Conference. 

The Homer Williams Post 8720 in Abita Springs had a winner in each of the 3 grade levels.  Two have won at both the Post and District levels.  Announcement of the State Winners will be in January.


Our K-5th grade winner is Rebecca Molina from Abita Springs Elementary.  Rebecca teaches gifted students 1st through 4th grade in math, reading, science and social studies. So part of her day is also spent at Abita Middle School.  Weekly, she supports her students to design and present a “citizenship” play to the student body on live broadcast to bring a message about their daily actions and to be role models in their community and school.  She is very active in the Abita Springs community with such activities as:  Friends of the Park, School PTA Reflections, Veterans Days Program, Northshore Reading Council, and Abita Town Hall community activities.  Rebecca also won at the District level and is competing at the State level.


Our 6th-8th grade winner is Mike Alexander from Our Lady of Lake Roman Catholic School.  Mike teaches 7th grade US History. He encourages tomorrow’s leaders to think of those less fortunate.  He mobilized the school’s Catholic community to fill a bus with food to be donated to the Covington Food Bank.  8,639 pounds of food was donated.  He stresses the importance of civic responsibility on a daily basis.  With guidance, students scrutinize the Articles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students then have to identify violations of one’s rights and amend bills to correct the violation.  Mike also won at District level and is now competing at the State level.


Our 9th-12th grade winner is Tim Anger from Archbishop Hannan High School.  Tim teaches Civics and a law Studies Class. He shares his love of law and civics with the students through his enthusiasm and high-spirited classroom lessons.  His passion is truly passed onto his students. He is the Moderator for the school’s Mock Trial Team that competes in several state competitions each year.  He was named the Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.  Tim narrowly lost on a split vote for the District Teacher.



Voice of Democracy Winners – VFW’s premier scholarship program is the Voice of Democracy contest.  It is open to students in grades 9-12.  Each year more than 50,000 students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme.  This year’s theme is Why I Appreciate American’s Veterans.  We had 8 entries at our Post level.  The top three Post winners are Ada Tusa (1st place) a senior at Mandeville High School.  Ada also won at the District level and is competing for a scholarship at the State level;  Anna Jones (2nd place), a sophomore at Northlake Christian School;  Lauren Ellison (3rd place) is a junior at Northlake Christian School.


Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners  - Students in grades 6-8 compete for one of 46 national awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 by writing an essay on the annual theme. This year’s theme is Why Veterans are important to our Nation’s History and Future.  Again competition is at four levels - Post, District, State, and National. We had 182 entries.  Our first place winner, Hunter Sherwood, won District and is currently competing at the State level.  The State winner will be announced in January.  Hunter is a 6th grade student at Mandeville Middle School.  Sean Noel, a 7th grade student at Mandeville Jr. High School won 2nd place.  Philip Nicaud, a 8th grade student at Northlake Christian School won 3rd place.


Photo left to right: Kay Peats, Americanism Chairman – Homer Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8720; Rebecca Molina, Citizenship Education Teacher K-5th grade Post and District winner from Abita Springs Elementary School; Mike Peats, Commander, Homer Williams VFW Post 8720; Anna Jones, second place Voice of Democracy Winner, sophomore at Northlake Christian School; Ada Tusa, 1st place Voice of Democracy winner - Post and District, senior at Mandeville High School; Lauren Ellison, 3rd place Voice of Democracy winner, junior at Northlake Christian School; Mike Alexander, Citizenship Education Teacher 6-8th grade winner – Post and District, from Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School; Carol Palermo, Homer Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8720 President; Tim Anger, 9-12th grade, Citizenship Education Teacher winner from Northlake Christian School; Beth Laderer, Patriot’s Pen Essay Chairman – Homer Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8720.



left to right- Sean Noel, Patriot’s Pen Essay 2nd Place winner, 7th grade - from Mandeville Jr. High; Mike Peats, Commander, Homer Williams VFW Post 8720; Hunter Sherwood,  1st place Patriot’s Pen Essay winner - Post and District, 6th grade – Mandeville  Middle School.