A pair of local rising sixth-graders has been selected to represent Pilot Mountain VFW Post 9436 and VFW Auxiliary in the 2017 Buddy Poppy Essay Contest.
Kayli Jennings, 11, and Tommy O’Reilly, 11, were selected to write essays on “Why it is important to promote the Buddy Poppy.”
Both will present their essays at an upcoming post meeting. They will then go on to compete with other students in district and state competitions.
Kayli Jennings is the daughter of Angelita and Daniel Jennings of Pilot Mountain. She will be attending the sixth grade at Pilot Mountain Middle School.
Tommy O’Reilly will be in the sixth grade at Meadowview Magnet School. He is the son of Debbie and Dave O’Reilly of Pilot Mountain.
“I know this is about the veterans from wars that have served our country,” Jennings said, “and I’m going to enjoy doing this.”
O’Reilly pointed to a former neighbor, veteran Herschel Bunker, as being an inspiration for his essay and participation in the contest.
“I’m doing it for him and for all our veterans,” O’Reilly said.
“I am delighted with these two young people,” noted VFW Auxiliary President Margie Nichols. “I think they will be very good representatives of our post and auxiliary.”