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Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen youth essays

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2018

The Voice of Democracy theme for this year is “Why My Voice Matters.” This program is for grades nine to 12 and gives students a chance to think about our government, how the system works and what our role is to participate in the program.

The students’ written and recorded essays will be judged from participants from across the state and then the nation. Students compete for a $30,000 national scholarship to the college of their choice and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. plus local and district prizes. The deadline to enter is October 31, 2018.

The Patriots Pen theme is “Why I Honor the American Flag.” This program is for grades sixth to eighth and the top entrants will receive awards at the local, district and state level along with competing for the $5,000 top prize plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply? You can contact Pauline Gearhart at (260) 358-0513 or Rick Stell at (260) 530-1622 or the VFW Post at (260) 356-9303 to make arrangements to get the entry forms. Or can also download them at