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VFW Post hosts two essay contests

VFW Post 9400 in Sunnyslope will host its Voices of Democracy essay contest for high school students (grades 9-12) and a “Patriot Pen” essay contest for middle school students.

The topic for the 2019-20 Voices of Democracy program is “What Makes America Great.” High school students who enter must complete the statement in a written essay and a three- to five-minute recording on a CD or flash drive. Judging is based on originality, content, and for the recording speech delivery. The essay, CD/flash drive and entry form must arrive at the VFW Post 9400, 804 E. Purdue, Phoenix, 85020, by Oct. 31. Students can download the entry form at

Certificates will be presented to all entrants, and the first-place winner will advance to the district competition. Winners of the district contest will advance to state, and that winner could receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition and a chance to win the $30,000 scholarship prize.

The theme of this year’s Patriot’s Pen Contest also is “What Makes America Great.” All sixth- through eighth-grade students are eligible to write an essay of 300-400 typewritten words. Each first-place state winner will advance to the national competition. The national first-place winner will win $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Entries with accompanying entry forms also must be received by Oct. 31 at the Post. Download the entry form at:

Judging is done by the local Post, then by district and then by state judges. Judging is based on how well the student understands, develops and presents the theme. A positive approach is recommended.

For more information, call the contest chairman at 602-361-0147 or e-mail



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