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Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy contests announced

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2750 and the Auxiliary in Mitchell has announced the 64th Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition and the 19th annual Patriot's Pen Essay competition for this year.

Students in grades 9 through 12 can compete at the local level in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship competition by submitting a three- to five-minute essay which they have written and recorded, by the Nov. 1 deadline, on the theme "Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation's Future." Winners at the post level advance to the district and the first-place district winner advances to state.

All state winners receive a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., and the national winner receives a $30,000 award out of the total of $151,000 awarded in scholarships.

The Patriot's Pen competition is for children in grades 6-8 who are asked to write a 300- to 400- word essay on "What Patriotism Means to Me," and submit it by Nov. 1. Post winners advance through district and state competitions to vie in the national contest. State winners compete for $92,000 in U.S. savings bonds.

Students at all grade levels interested in participating in either contest should contact Hugh Holmes, chairman, at 996-2634.