Indiana VFW Post 1989 and its ladies auxiliary are now accepting entries for the organization’s annual essay contests, the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.
Sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Voice of Democracy is a national competition for ninth- to 12th-graders. The Patriot’s Pen contest, also national, is for sixth- to eighth-graders.
All students, including those who are home-schooled, are eligible to participate.
Students who wish to compete in the Voice of Democracy contest must write and record an audio essay of three to five minutes in length on the following theme: “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.”
Students who would like to participate in the Patriot’s Pen contest are to write an essay of 300 to 400 words on the following theme: “What Patriotism Means to Me.” The top prize is $5,000.
In each contest, there are four rounds of competition: a local round, a school district round, a state round and a national round. Entries are due Nov. 1.
Interested students and teachers have been asked to contact their schools or Deb Mock, the Indiana VFW Auxiliary’s event chairwoman, at (724) 479-3944.
More information and application materials may be obtained by visiting www.vfw.org.