2016-2017 Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Contests

2016-17 Patriot's Pen & Voice of Democracy Announcement

The National Veterans of Foreign Wars conducts these contests annually to give middle and high school students an opportunity to learn about our country’s history and display pride through a patriotic theme.

Details for each contest are below.  6th through 8th grade participate in Patriot’s Pen while 9th-12th compete in Voice of Democracy.
Additional questions can be directed to the post’s Information Officer
through the contact form at the end of this announcement.

Patriot’s Pen

2016-17 Theme: “The America I Believe In”
Prizes: $500-$5,000

More than 120,000 students nation-wide participated in last year’s theme of “What Freedom Means to Me.”  Any student in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline) enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories are eligible to enter.  Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words; and they must be submitted to the North Olmsted VFW Post 7647, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1, 2016.  Entries are judged on Knowledge of the Theme, Theme Development and Clarity of Ideas
Contact the Information Officer for more details and to obtain an entry form.

Voice of Democracy

2016-17 Theme: “My Responsibility To America”
Prizes: $1,000-$30,000

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. Many notables have participated in Voice of Democracy including journalist Charles Kuralt, Miss America Anita Bryant and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.  Any student in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline) enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories are eligible to enter.  Entries must be a 3-5 minute (+/- 5 seconds max) audio essay submitted on an audio CD or a flash drive; and they must be submitted to the North Olmsted VFW Post 7647, along with the completed Voice of Democracy entry form no later than November 1, 2016.  Entries are judged on Originality, Organized Content and Clear Delivery.
Contact the Information Officer for more details and to obtain an entry form.

Questions?

If you would like to participate, or you have questions about either of them, please complete the contact form below.

If you prefer to call, you may do so at (440) 570-4709.

 

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