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Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest

Cynthia CastilloMount Vernon Junior High School student Cynthia Castillo claimed first place in the District Patriot’s Pen Essay contest and was awarded a an $800 scholarship.

Her essay advanced to state competition, where she was placed in the top 24 out of 7,800 contestants and received another $100. She is in the eighth grade and the daughter of Jose and Camelia Castillo.