VFW announces essay contests

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(Courtesy graphic) Entries for the Post 2909 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen competitions must be mailed by Oct. 21.

PRIEST RIVER — Do you know Idaho students in grades 6-12 who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial high school or a home-study program in the West Bonner County area that could use scholarships or awards for college or vocational training? Encourage them to enter the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen competitions.

The VFW established these programs to provide students the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. Each year secondary school students from across the country and overseas military bases enter to win a share of more than $3 million in education scholarships and incentives awards through these VFW competitions. VFW Post 2909 is accepting essays from Idaho students in the Priest River area.

“We thank teachers and youth leaders for the time, effort and commitment they invest in our students each year,” said Commander Joe English from VFW Post 2909. “We have a number of ways to assist you in helping to ensure your students get a head start on their future. We also thank the volunteer who will judge this year’s local competitions. They represent diverse walks of life and community business and organizations.”

This year’s theme for the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition – open to grades 9-12 – is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” The Post 2909 first-place winner will receive $100 and compete at the VFW district level. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000.00 scholarship with other national scholarships ranging from $1,000.00-$16,000.00. The first place winner from each state receives a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

Last year, Katherine Fastabend, a senior at Centennial High School from Idaho, was named the third-place winner in the 2017 National Voice of Democracy Program. She received a $10,000 VFW scholarship.

This year’s theme for the Patriot’s Pen written competition – open to grades 6-8 – is “America’s Gift to My Generation.” The Post 2909 first-place winner will receive $100 and compete at the VFW district level. The national first-place winner receives a $5,000.00 award with all state first-place winners receiving a minimum $500.00 award and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. with a parent or guardian.

Entries for the Post 2909 competitions must be mailed to: VFW Post 2909, PO Box 216, Priest River, ID 83856, no later than October 21, or delivered to VFW Post 2909, located at 113 Larch Street in Priest River, on October 21 between 8 am and 12 pm. For more details and to obtain the official entry form, contact your local school office, visit www.vfw.org/VOD or email vfwpost2909@gmail.com.

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