2 Bowler students going to AMVETS conference

Bowler High School students Skye Breitrick and McKayla Putnam will be participating in the AMVETS Spirit of America Program from Nov. 1-4 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Each year, students in Patrick Curran’s social studies class participate in a local veterans organization’s essay contest. Students submit their essays in the fall and await the results. Both Breitrick and Putnam advanced to the national level and, as a reward, are going on an all-expense paid trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Since 1987, AMVETS and the AMVETS National Service Foundation have offered this unique educational experience at the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge to give young people a better appreciation of their freedoms granted by the U.S. Constitution.

The Spirit of America Program is a four-day conference centering on topics such as freedom, civil rights and civic responsibilities, citizenship, public policy, self-development and leadership, entrepreneurship and salient aspects of American history.

Programs allow students to explore within themselves their interpersonal characteristics and leadership potential through leadership skills workshops, group skills activities and discussions with fellow participants. Programs are designed to provide an opportunity for students to participate in discussions with authoritative and articulate representatives from government, industry and the academic community.