STPA Student Recognized for Essay in Honor of Veterans

STPA Student Recognized for His Essay on America's Gift to His Generation
Posted on 12/13/2017
Photo of Sankirth Tippur“They sacrificed their lives for us, which is not an easy thing to do, and we don’t give them enough credit.”

STPA 8th-grader Sankirth Tippur of Mission recognizes the enormity of sacrifice veterans have made for all of us, and he recently found success in sharing his perspective on the topic.

It was through discussing America’s gift to his generation that Tippur earned first place at the district and regional levels of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest.

His essay has now advanced to the state level, where it will compete against 24 other regional winners for state honors. The winner of the state competition will advance to the national competition.

Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving $2,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

Although he enjoys writing, Tippur had never entered any type of writing contest. It was his respect for veterans and the encouragement he and his peers received from their English I teacher, Patricia Power, that prompted him to enter this one.

A friend of his family served in Vietnam, and having met him, Tippur is able to appreciate the immense value in a veteran’s service. He wants to give veterans credit for what they do.

He was excited to find out his essay had advanced. “I have more confidence now… I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it, so it was just a happy surprise.”

Tippur participates in a variety of clubs and organizations on campus, including UIL math and science, Chess Club and Geography Club. Outside of school, he swims for the McAllen Swim Club and goes horseback riding with the Valley Trotters Youth Ranch.

He plans to attend The Science Academy of South Texas for high school.