Crookston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1902 and Auxiliary are promoting the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest and Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest in this area. The annual essay contest gives sixth, seventh and eighth graders the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards.
Students must write a 300-400 word essay on the theme “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
All essays should be typed with no color, graphics or poetry. Quotations may be used sparingly if plainly identified wherever used.
Contestants cannot identify themselves, their school, city or state in their essay.
Entries should be judged on the basis of their essay alone and contestants are not required to present their essay orally.
Deadline for entries for both contests is Oct. 23.
The winning written and audio essays will be sent to district competition. Local winners will receive Savings Bonds or cash awards.
The Voice of Democracy annual contest is designed to foster patriotism by giving students in grades nine through 12 and home schooled the opportunity to voice their opinion about their personal obligations as an American and address their responsibility to our country.
Contestants write and record an essay on the theme “Why I’m Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future.” Recorded scripts must be at least three minutes but no longer than five minutes. Scripts must be recorded on audio cassette tape or CD only.
A typed, double spaced copy of the speech must accompany the essay.
The essays will be judged and the winning tape sent to district competition. Local winners will receive Savings Bonds or cash awards.
Every student who competes in the VOD, whether they place or not, is eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Crookston VFW.
Written essays and tapes for both contests can be turned in at the Crookston VFW Club or contact Twylla Altepeter, Voice of Democracy chairman, at The Fertile Journal, 218 945-6120, or evenings at 281-6582. Call Jamie Cassavant at 281-2047 or Pam DeLage at 281-5546 for more information.