VFW EVENTS Student contests reward patriotism, volunteerism

Competitions require creative talents and commitment to the community.
District 8 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary are sponsoring three contests for students that focus on patriotism and volunteer service.
Voice of Democracy
The 56th annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay and script-writing competition features the theme, "Freedom's Obligation." The event is open to students in ninth through 12th grades.
The Department of Ohio will award a $6,000 scholarship to the first-place winner, who also will receive a five-day, expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete for a national scholarship. Each district winner will receive at least a $1,000 scholarship on the state level, and there are awards at the local and district levels. National awards amount to more than $100,000. The entry deadline is Nov. 1.
Patriot's Pen
The National Youth Essay Competition, Patriot's Pen, is open to seventh- and eighth-graders. Essays will be judged on content and how closely contestants adhere to the theme, "My Pledge to America."
All entries must be submitted to a sponsoring VFW post and/or auxiliary by Dec. 1.
For information on the contests contact Eileen Helms, District 8 VFW Auxiliary Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen chairwoman, at (330) 733-4170 or a local VFW post or auxiliary.
Volunteer service
The National Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to a student 12 to 15 years old who has provided outstanding volunteer service to his or her community from Jan. 1 to Dec. 1, 2002.
The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the 2003 VFW and Auxiliary National Community Service Conference in Washington D.C. The deadline to enter is Dec. 15.
For information call Dorothy Cooke, (330) 872-5386, District 8 VFW Auxiliary youth activities chairman.

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