Three fifth graders from the in Stoughton have received local honors in the National Elks Americanism Essay Contest.
In their essays, Andrew Chiang, Olivia O’Neil and Molly Turner had to discuss what the Pledge of Allegiance means to them and why they are proud to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Chiang, O’Neil and Turner shared their winning essays with members of the Stoughton School Committee, as well as with Superintendent Dr. Marguerite Rizzi and Deputy Superintendent Jonathan Ford at a March 13 School Committee meeting.
South School Principal Maureen Mulvey, who accompanied her students at the meeting, praised the three fifth graders for sharing their "unique, individual perspectives on what the Pledge meant to them."
The essays now will be judged at the state level. This contest is geared towards students in grades 5-8 to promote patriotism among young people, according to the Elks USA website.
A video of the students reading their essays is posted in the media gallery of this article.