Senator Brooks’ Essay Contest Winners

Honoring “The Star-Spangled Banner”


Francis Scott Key’s words still resonate today, more than 200 years after they were first penned aboard a truce ship near the British bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.  

It is wonderful to see that fifth- and sixth-graders understand the meaning of these eloquent lyrics, soaring music, and the patriotic messages behind them.

Thank you to everyone who entered my 2022 Essay Contest. And thank you, as well, to our wonderful sponsors, judges, educators, and parents, who provided valuable guidance and support!

We are pleased to announce these winners:

First Place: 

  • Victor Vrablik – Neason Hill Elementary School
  • Dylan Hershberger – Sharpsville Elementary School
  • Nicholas Nunez – Fort LeBoeuf Middle School

Second Place:

  • Landen Klink – Conneaut Lake Middle School
  • Zac Carter – Mercer Elementary School
  • Rio Hatch – Wilmington Area School District

Third Place: 

  • Kaidence Hays – Conneaut Lake Middle School
  • Lily Byler – Mercer Elementary School
  • Eastin Post – Commodore Perry Elementary School

Fourth Place:  

  • Aurora Huddleson – Union City Elementary School
  • Leo Benander-McKay  – Greenville Elementary School
  • Madison Link – Fort LeBoeuf Middle School

Thank you to our sponsors of this contest!



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