Andrew’s essay, which discusses his reasons for pledging allegiance to the American flag, won the Tracy Elks Lodge’s local contest in February, earning him $50.
It has been forwarded to the state chairman for further judging, according to Joan Rickman, Americanism chairman of the Tracy Elks Lodge.
The full text of Andrew’s essay can be found with this story at www.tracypress.com.
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