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Copper Country students participate in ‘patriotic’ program

January 18, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN , Houghton Daily Mining Gazette

CHASSELL - Nine students at the Chassell Township School District received bonds and citations Monday for a job well done.

Students at the school district recently participated in the Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen program

"This year, for the Patriot's Pen, the theme was 'Are You Proud of Your Country?'" said Sunny Cole of the Chassell VFW Post No. 6507 Post and Ladies' Auxiliary, who presented with her husband, Bill.

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Bill and Sunny Cole of the Chassell VFW Post No. 6507 and Ladies Auxiliary present awards at Chassell Township Schools. Students pose with their certificates. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Stacey Kukkonen)

Winners in the program in grades six through eight included Logan Kyro and Julia Pietila in first place, Hunter Rautiola in second place and Lars Daavettila in third place.

All designated an outstanding young spokesperson of the future by Bill, the winners each received a $75 or $50 savings bond.

"The Voice of Democracy is a program for students in grades nine through 12," Sunny said.

The theme was "Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?"

First-place winners were Kirsten Daavettila and Sara Kilpela. Second-place winners were Jaclyn Jahfeston and Kathryn Heikkila and the third-place winner was Bethany Butkovich. They each received a savings bond.

Additionally, the VFW recognized two teachers Monday.

"This is a program where the VFW recognizes and honors a teacher who teaches citizenship and education topics and promotes America's institutions," Sunny said.

That teacher this year was Deb Zei, who was the ninth through 12th grade winner at the post.

"She also won on our district level," Sunny said. "So in April, she will be going to our district convention in Bessemer."

Zei was presented with a check for $100.

Mark Ware was also given an appreciation and recognition for his assistance with the Voice of Democracy program.



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