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Both VFW Patriot Pen and Voice of Democracy essay contest deadlines are fast approaching.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay contest deadlines are right around the corner, but there's still time for interested youth to get involved and submit a project about "What makes America great."

Both contests share the same theme and deadline, Oct. 31., however, the Voice of Democracy competition is for high school students and requires a multimedia component. While the Patriot's Pen contest is for middle schoolers and only requires a hard copy of the essay.

There are local prizes for the first and second place winners of both contests. The Voice of Democracy local first prize winner will receive $500, and second prize will be $200. The Local first prize for the Patriot's Pen contest will receive $200 and $100 will go to the second place winner.

For the Voice of Democracy contest, students must write an essay about "What makes America great," and then record an audio version of the essay and submit it. The audio recording should be placed on a USB drive and handed in with a hard copy of the written essay, along with the entry form. The recording should be 3-5 minutes long.

There are several levels of the contest including local, district, state and national. The grand prize for the Voice of Democracy contest, on a national level is $30,000 scholarship. There are prizes awarded at each level of the contest and the state winner get an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C.

The Patriot's Pen contest is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders and requires that each participant pen an essay on the theme "What makes America great," and submit it in hard copy along with their entry form. The essay should be typed and must have 300 to 400 words.

Top national prize for the Patriot's Pen contest is $5,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. as well. There are prizes awarded at the nation level for those that place in the top 53 essays.

To find out more about the program, or find out how to turn in entries, contact Richard Lohman at 541-513-4689, or Duane Ledford at 541-788-3689.


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