The New Milford VFW Post 1672 and its auxiliary has announced the winners of the Patriot Pen Essay Competition.

Schaghticoke student Kathryn McDonagh’s entry, “Why I Honor the American Flag,” was selected for a $100 award from among 26 entries submitted by Keli Solomon’s eighth-grade class.

She was also awarded first place at the district level and competed with other districts winners, where she was awarded second place at the VFW Department level at an awards dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Rocky Hill.