VFW Post 9400 in Sunnyslope once again hosts its Voices of Democracy essay contest for high school students (grades 9-12). In addition, the group presents a “Patriot Pen” essay contest for middle school students.

The topic for the 2017 Voices of Democracy program is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” High school students who wish to enter the contest will complete the statement in both a written essay and a 3- to 5-minute recording on a CD or flash drive. Judging is based on originality, content, and speech delivery on the recording. Students must speak clearly on the recording and the volume should be reasonably high enough to hear.

The essay, CD/flash drive and entry form must arrive at the VFW Post 9400, 804 E. Purdue, Phoenix, Ariz., 85020, by Oct. 31. You can download the entry form at http://www.vfw.org/VOD.

Certificates will be presented to all entrants, and the first-place winner will advance to the district competition. Winners of the district contest will advance to state, and that winner could receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition and a chance at the $30,000 scholarship prize.

The theme of this year’s Patriot’s Pen Contest is “America’s Gift to My Generation.” All sixth- through eighth-grade students are eligible to write an essay of 300-400 typewritten words. Each first-place state winner advances to the national competition. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Entries with accompanying entry forms also must be received by Oct. 31 at the Post. Download the entry form at: http://www.vfw.org/PatriotsPen.

Judging is done by the local Post, then by district, then by state judges. Judging is based on how well the student understands, develops and presents the theme. A positive approach is recommended.

For more information, call Contest Chairman Tom Landy at 602-295-4394 or e-mail tmlandy@gmail.com.



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