Two 8th grade students at Rockingham County Middle School (RCMS) have been named winners in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest. Anne Everhart won 1st Place, and Hayley Sinclair was a 2nd place winner. This youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme and is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The 2016-17 theme was “The America I Believe In”. Essays were judged on how well students understood, developed, and presented the theme. Student essays were submitted by ELA teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Rakestraw.