Lincoln-Way Cadet will Compete Nationally for SAR Essay ContestFriday, May 6, 2016
After taking a first place title in the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Fox Valley Chapter essay contest, Lincoln-Way Cadet Teresa Kozak brought home another first place title at the state level on April 14. Each competitor was required to submit an essay entitled "How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen." The Sons of the American Revolution recognizes superior JROTC cadets for their leadership, academic performance and patriotism.
In her essay, Kozak wrote, "This program made me a more respectful and honest person, and a better citizen overall. Although my future is yet to be determined, the uncertainty which I face does not cause me anxiety. I am confident that, thanks to the experience and life skills instilled in me by JROTC, I will be a successful and confident leader of this great nation."
Kozak was awarded a Bronze Chapter Medal and a check for $200 for winning at the chapter level, and will be awarded the Silver State Medal, an engraved ceremonial sabre and a check for $1,000 for winning at the state level. The state awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 14 in Springfield.
Kozak says, "It was a great honor to be asked to compete in this competition. I am extremely grateful to my JROTC instructors and fellow cadets for all the amazing experiences they have provided me with."
Should Kozak win at the National level, she would receive an impressive National Gold Medal, $2,000 and up to $1,000 toward expenses to attend the National Convention presentation in Boston.