VFW Post 9400 in Sunnyslope once again hosts its Voices of Democracy essay contest for high school students (grades 9-12) and a “Patriot Pen” essay contest for middle school students (grades 6-8).

The topic for the 2018 Voices of Democracy program is “Why My Vote Matters.” Entrants must 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. The essay, CD/flash drive and entry form must arrive at the VFW Post 9400, 804 E. Purdue, Phoenix, Ariz., 85020, by Oct. 31. Download the entry form at http://www.vfw.org/VOD.

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 “Why I Honor the American Flag.” Entrants must 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.

For more information, call 602-361-0147 or e-mail vfwpost9400vod@gmail.com.



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