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VFW welcomes entries in student essay contests

By From page A8 | October 23, 2013

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to enter the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ annual essay contest, weighing in on two topics: “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future” (grades 9-12) and “What Patriotism Means to Me” (grades 6-8).

Last year more than 160,000 students nationwide participated and more than $3.4 million in scholarships, savings bonds and incentives were awarded.

High schoolers are asked to write a speech of between three and five minutes. Each state winner will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national first-place award of a $30,000 scholarship.

Middle schoolers are asked to write a 300- to 400-word essay, with each state winner receiving $1,000 and a chance to win a trip to Washington along with a $10,000 savings bond.

VFW Post 6949 in Davis is accepting essays for both programs, with the local winners competing at the district and state levels.

For more information, visit www.vfw.org/Community/Voice-of-Democracy (high schoolers) and www.vfw.org/Community/Patriot-s-Pen (grades 6-8).

Completed essays and entry forms should be mailed by Friday, Nov. 1, to VFW Post 6949, P.O. Box 415, Davis, CA 95617.

Enterprise staff

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