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Student scholarships and teacher recognition awards available

"Is There Pride in Serving Our Military?" is the theme for the 2011-2012 VFW and Auxiliary Voice of Democracy essay program, open to all students in grades 9-12, enrolled in private, public, parochial or home schooled students. Students are competing for up to $30,000 for the National Voice of Democracy Scholarship.

"Are You Proud of Your Country?" is the theme for the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Patriot's Pen essay program, which is open to all students in grades 6-8.

Students are required to write an essay pertaining to the theme, three to five minutes in length for Voice of Democracy (written and recorded) and 300-400 words for the Patriot's Pen essay. Awards are given locally with additional awards at the District, State and National levels.

VFW honors America's Teachers' is a program that recognizes teachers who promote patriotism and pride of country. There are three categories: grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Teachers can be nominated by fellow teachers or by the public. These contests are "core" programs of the VFW and Auxiliary and parents and teachers are urged to encourage participation of all students. The deadline for local competition is November 1.

Information has been provided to the schools along with entry forms. Additional information can be found online at or from the local chairmen Ann Chase (282-0500) or Jamie Olson (361-1264) for Voice of Democracy and Ann Chase or Charlie Weible (282-7662) for Patriots Pen.