VFW awards Americanism student essay finalists

The VFW awarded $100 to Ann Buffington, from Kealakahe Elementary School, as their teacher of the year. She’s pictured with Pat Pastor, VFW commander.

From left, Noa Baggs, winner of $100, poses with Katelyn McCormick, who won $75, and Kelly Chong, who won $50. They are from Lani Christian School with all prizes awarded by the VFW Auxiliary on Friday for the top essays on democracy. (Contributed photo

Editor’s note: Noa Baggs’ essay won first place in the VFW Americanism essay contest.