Kaftan wins national award for essay on patriotism


Last updated 11/9/2023 at 12:21pm

Havre Daily News/Patrick Johnston

St. Jude Thaddeus School sixth grade student Kenan Kaftan holds his national American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Project as Americanism Program Havre Chair Marlyn Damson reads from the award letter and Mary Stevens, back from left, Deacon Tim Maroney and the Rev. Daniel Wathen, and the people who attended the mass, look on.

St. Jude Thaddeus School student Kenan Kaftan was presented an national award by the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Project Wednesday, for an essay he wrote on patriotism.

The award was presented just after Mass that morning by Americanism Program Havre Chair Marlyn Damson, along with a trophy and a letter from the project's national chair Michele DeGennaro.

"It was a privilege for me to read your remarkable essay on 'what does patriotism mean to you?' I found it enjoyable and insightful," Damson said, reading from DeGennaro's letter.

Kaftan received $50 in prize money as well as...

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