MANCHESTER >> Niall Monahan, a 7th grade student from Manchester Elementary Middle School, who was sponsored by VFW Post 6471 of Manchester, also won first place for Vermont State in the National VFW Patriots Pen essay contest. He finished 43rd nationally out of 132,000 total entries nation-wide in the Patriots Pen Essay contest.

He will be presented his citation from the National Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and his $500 scholarship check at the monthly Post meeting Wednesday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.