PARISH – Students in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District are encouraged to apply for the VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Auxiliary.
The Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay contest in which students in grades nine through 12 have the opportunity to write and share their ideas on a provided democratic theme; the 2016-17 theme is “My Responsibility to America.”
Entries begin at the post level, sponsored by VFW Post 136 in Williamstown, and continue on to the county, state and national levels.
The judging is blind, based on criteria of originality, clearly expressed ideas and speaking delivery.
Students can earn scholarships, with the top prize earning the national winner a $30,000 scholarship.
The VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest is offered to students in grades six through eight.
The students are challenged to research American history and draft an essay regarding a patriotic theme; this year’s theme is “The America I Believe In.”
Entries are judged based on the student’s knowledge of the theme, their development of the theme in their writing and the clarity of their ideas.
Deadline for entry for either competition is November 1.
Entries should be submitted to Williamstown Memorial VFW Post 136, 8 Vida Drive, Williamstown, NY 13493.
For more information and specifics about the essay contests, visit the VFW website at www.vfw.org.