Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6958 of Marion and its Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring two patriotic essay contests, Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democrary
Patriot’s Pen is an essay contest for students in grades six through eight. Participants write a 300- to 400-word essay about a topic that changes annually. This year’s topic is “What I would tell America’s founding fathers.” Winners will receive U.S. savings bonds. Students must enter by Nov. 2.
Voice of Democracy is an essay contest for high school students. Students write an essay, then record themselves reading their essays on a compact disc. Essays should be between three and five minutes. This year’s theme is “Is our Constitution still relevant?” Winners will receive scholarships and a chance to advance to additional levels; the top scholarship given at the national level is $30,000.
Recordings must be spoken in English and cannot be sung. No background music, sound effects, or echoes are allowed. Participants may not identify themselves or their school, city, or state. Entries are due Nov. 2.
For more information about either contest, contact Donna Kreutziger at (620) 382-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Bill Keith at (620) 381-3590.