Enter veterans' student essay contest

Sep 11, 2013

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8870 in Edmonds is hosting its annual Student Essay Contest, open to students residing within the Edmonds and Mukilteo school districts.

Students attending private schools or being home-schooled are eligible to enter the contest.

The Youth Essay Program is for students in grades 3-5 and an essay, not to exceed 250 words, should address the topic “My American Hero Is”.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three essay winners in each of the three grade levels.

Students in Grades 6-8 are eligible to enter the Patriot’s Pen program in which a 300-400 word written essay is written on the topic, “What Patriotism Means to Me.” Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place winning essays.

“Voice of Democracy” is the third program, and it is an audio essay contest for students in grades 9-12. To enter, a student must prepare a 3 to 5 minute recording that addresses the topic, “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nations’ Future”.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the three entries judged to be the best. The winning entries in each of the three contests will be forwarded to the district level for further consideration.

Detailed instructions as well as an entry form, that must accompany each submission, can be obtained by visiting the post’s website at HYPERLINK "http://www.vfw8870.org" www.vfw8870.org.

Go to the Student Essay Program tab, and you will be able to download the information for your grade level.

All contest entries, along with the completed entry form must be submitted to VFW Post # 8870 no later than Nov. 1.

Youth Essay and Patriot Pen entries may be submitted on-line to HYPERLINK "mailto:scholarships@vfw8870.org" scholarships@vfw8870.org or they can be mailed to VFW Post #8870, PO Box 701, Edmonds, WA 98020. Voice of Democracy entries must be mailed to the post.

Questions regarding the Student Essay Program can be directed to Captain James “Rock” Roth 206-533-9873.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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