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VFW to host audio, written essay patriotic competition

Posted: October 21, 2010 10:17 p.m.
Updated: October 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Elgin post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is accepting applications for the Voice of Democracy patriotic audio essay and Patriot’s Pen essay writing competition.

This year’s theme for the audio essay competition is “Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?” To enter, record a three- to five-minute original essay on a standard cassette tape or CD. All ninth- to 12th-grade Kershaw County students, who are homeschooled or attend public or private schools, are encouraged to apply.

The local winner of this contest, which will be judged by the Elgin VFW, will receive $100. Second place will receive $50. The local winner will advance to the state level and, depending on the outcome, the national level. State winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 5-9, 2011, to tour the city, meet the nation’s leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $149,000 in awards. The top scholarship will be $30,000.

The Patriot’s Pen essay writing competition is open to sixth- through eighth-grade students enrolled in public, private, parochial schools or who may be home-schooled. Students must type a 300- to 400-word essay on the theme: “Does Patriotism Still Matter?”

The first-place winner at the local contest, which will be judged by the Elgin VFW, will receive $100. Second place will receive $50. The first-place winner will advance to the regional level and on to the state level.  The winner at the state level will then advance to the national level, where the top 46 national winners will each receive at least a $1,000 savings bond. The first-place award is a $10,000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the winner and a parent or guardian.

Deadline for the entries is Nov. 1.

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