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Voice of Democracy scholarship competition

MOUNT UNION — Commander Melody Price and Scholarship Chair Ralph March of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post Blue Juniata 5754 announced the kick-off of this year’s VFW’s Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition. Local high school students have the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington D.C.

Students must write and record a three-to-five minute essay on the selected theme using an audio CD or flash drive and present their recording, typed essay and completed entry form to their local VFW Post by Oct. 31. The 2018-2019 theme selected is “Why My Vote Matters.” Students begin by competing at the loca post level, then post winners compete at the district level with the winner advancing to the state competition.

All state first-place winners receive a four-day trip to Washington D.C. and the chance to compete for their share of more than $15,000 in scholarships. The first-place winner receives a $30,000 college scholarship.

The competition was created to provide students in grades ninth through twelfth the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2.1 million education scholarships every year.

Interested students and teachers may call the VFW Post 5754 at (814) 542-9909 or email at 217p5754march@gmail.com for more information.

VFW holds Patriot’s Pen essay contest

MOUNT UNION — Commander Melody Price and Scholarship Chair Ralph March of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Post Blue Juniata 5754 announce the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition. Middle school students in grades sixth through eighth in the area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards.

The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine American’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300 to 400 word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the 2018-2018 competition is “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Students begin by competing at the local post level. Post winners advance to district competition with district winners advancing to state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards and the national first-place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.

Each year, more than 125,000 students participate nationwide. Deadlline for student entries is Oct. 31 and interested students and teachers may contact the local VFW Post 5743 at (814) 542-9909 or email at 217p5754march@gmai.com for more information.

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