VFW contests offer monetary rewards

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3081 Auxiliary is looking for patriotic pupils to participate in some upcoming contests.

Polly Forman, a member of the Auxiliary that is responsible for the contests locally, shared that any students in both public, private or homeschool in the county are invited to take part in the competitions.

High school students, get those recorders ready for this year’s Voice of Democracy contest. During the audio-essay, students will focus on the importance of their voice in the democratic process, with this year’s theme “Why My Vote Matters.”

The Voice of Democracy program allows students to express themselves in a unique way, through a patriotic-themed recorded essay.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) revealed that nearly 40,000 high schoolers across the nation enter the contest in hopes of claiming their portion of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and awards.

State winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where they will have the opportunity to tour the city and will be honored by the VFW.

The national first place winner is awarded a $30,000 scholarship that can be used at any American university, college, vocational or technical school.

The deadline to apply for the Voice of Democracy is October 31, and Forman reported that signup sheets will be available at Grafton High School.

High school students are also invited to take part in the VFW’s Patriotic Art contest. Any students in grades 9-12, under the age of 18, are eligible to apply.

Artists will compete by entering either two or three-dimensional art pieces, which will be judged, and the first-place winner from each state will advance to the national competition to vie for their chance to win awards totaling $29,500.

Two-dimensional pieces include watercolor, pencil, pastels, charcoals tempera, crayon, acrylics, ink, oils, markers or other media on either canvas or paper. Three-dimensional art may include paper, papier-mâché, pottery, clay, metal work, fabric or other kinds of medium.

For a complete list of rules and regulations, please visit vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships/young-american-creative-patriotic-art-contes.

The deadline to apply is March 31 and signup sheets will be also available at Grafton High School.

The Auxiliary has announced that the VFW will also be sponsoring their Patriot’s Pen Contest. In this competition, students at the middle school level will spell out their patriotic passion for the American flag, with this year’s theme “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Tying together America’s past with modern-day experiences, students express their views in a 300-400-word essay.

Each year, over 132,000 students compete in the contest, in hopes of becoming the national winner, receiving a $5,000 all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The first-place winner from each state advances on to the national competition, and will earn a minimum of $500 at that level.

Applications will be available at Taylor County Middle School for interested students.

For a complete list of rules and entry requirements for the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests, please visit www.vfw.org/community/youth-and-education/youth-scholarships.

All contests will see a first, second and third-place finisher, who will all receive accolades. Submissions may be turned in to VFW Post 3081.

For more information on any of the contests, please contact Polly Forman at 304-265-1180.