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VFW sponsoring youth essay competition

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Veterans of Foreign Wars are sponsoring the Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition which provides students with an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. The competition is open to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in public, private or parochial schools or to those who are home-schooled.

The theme for the 2013-14 competition is “What Patriotism Means to me.” Contest work should be submitted to the local VFW along with an official entry form by November 1, 2013.

The top 46 national winners of the Patriot’s Pen competition all receive at least $500. The first-place award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.

The contest consists of four levels with the first sponsored by the local VFW post. Post winners advance, one for every 15, to the VFW District (regional) level where the one first-place winner is advanced to the VFW Department (state) level. The one first-place winner at the Department level is then advanced into the VFW national competition. The winner from each Department (state) then competes for the national prizes.

For more information about the contest or an official entry form, contact the local VFW at 220 W. Park Drive or by phone at (260) 356-9303.