Local student could win $5,000 in money for college

  • Sunday, October 20, 2013

Commander Jim O’Marra of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post No. 10624, announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Middle school students in grades six through eight in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars.

Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to district.

District winners compete in the state competition. The state winners compete for $46,000

in awards, and the first place winner wins $5,000. Each year, around 125,000 students

participate nationwide.

Students are invited to write a 300-400-word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for

2013-2014 (which is the 19th year of the contest) is: “What Patriotism Means to Me.” The deadline for student entries is Nov. 1, and interested students and teachers should

contact their local VFW Post No. 10624 by phone at 843-810-1598 or write to the post at mkatht@yahoo.com for more information.

FOR DETAILS VISIT http://www.vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen/

D.C. trip

Post No. 10624, today announced the kick-off of the 67th year of the VFW and its Ladies

Auxiliary Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students begin by competing at the local post level with a deadline of Nov. 1.

Post winners advance to district and then the first place district winner advances to the state competition. All state winner receive a four day trip to Washington, D.C. A total of $152,000 is awarded to national finalists. First place is a $30,000 college scholarship. Annually the VFW provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. Each year, around 50,000 students participate in the competition.

Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on this theme for 2013-

2014: “Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future” on an audio cassette tape or

audio CD and present their recording, typed essay, and entry form at their local VFW Post.

Interested students and teachers should contact the Voice of Democracy Chairman at

VFW Post No. 10624 by phone at 843-810-1598 or write to the post at mkatht@yahoo.com

for more information.

For more detaiils visit http://www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy/

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