PLEASANT HILL — The Pleasant Hill Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6557 invites local students to participate in the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest and Voice of Democracy Contest. Both contests are open to student enrolled in public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school.
The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to promoting patriotism among the nation’s youth. Students are asked to submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives. Competition begins at the local post level, post winners advance to district and then to state. Prizes are awarded for the winners at each level. State winners compete nationally for U.S. Savings Bonds and more than $2.5 million in scholarships and incentives.
The Voice of Democracy Contest is for students in grades 9-12. This year’s theme is “My Responsibility To America.” Students are required to write and record an original 3-5 minute (plus of minus 5 seconds max) essay on a CD. For rules and entry form go to http://www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/
The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students. This year’s theme is “The America I Believe In”. This contest is a written essay of 300-400 words, in which students will be judged on knowledge of the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas. For rules and entry form go to http://www.vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen/
The essay and completed entry form must be submitted by Nov. 1, 2016. to Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557 by mail at P.O. Box 133 Pleasant Hill, OH 45359 or in person. Contact the scholarship committee chairman Kris Byrd at (937) 216-1223 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding these contests.
The VFW Post No. 6557 will award local prizes of $100 to first place, $75 to second and $50 to third. Awards will be presented Nov. 11th following the Veterans Ceremony at 6 p.m.