VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest

Published 6:33 pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Deadline for submissions Nov. 1
This year’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen essay contest theme is “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” The writing contest is open to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Students must write their own essay, and it should be typed in English with no color graphics. The essay cannot be less than 300 words or greater than 400 words in length. Regardless of length, every word will be counted.
The nationwide Patriot’s Pen contest is sponsored by the VFW and gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy with the prospect of winning U.S. savings bonds. More than 129,000 students participated last year in this contest. National prizes include various amounts of U.S. savings bonds.
The top 46 national winners all received at least $500. The first place award is currently $5,000, plus an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.
This essay contest is open to all students grade sixth through eighth enrolled in public, private or parochial schools in the United States, its territories or its prossessions. Home-schooled students are also eligible.
Dependents of U.S., military or civilian personnel in overseas schools can participate, too. (Foreign exchange, students and former winners who placed in the national finals are excluded from the contest.)
To receive a form for the essay, contact VFW Post 10349 Mill Spring Quartermaster Johnny Taylor or Gerry Taylor, ladies auxiliary chairman, at 828-894-8673. All essays must be received at the post by Nov. 1 to be judged.
– article submitted
by Johnny Taylor

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