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Townsend VFW announces contest winners, seeks art entries

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TOWNSEND — A Shirley high schooler placed second in a statewide competition of audio essays organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Massachusetts.

Bridget Duffy, a junior at Still River’s Immaculate Heart of Mary School, won a $1,500 scholarship from the state VFW and $300 from the state VFW auxiliary for her submission to the Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition, according to an email from the VFW Auxiliary to Townsend #6538.

Duffy won first-place in the Middlesex District #15 VFW’s portion of the contest, and then at the state level, she finished second.

The Townsend VFW also announced winners of two of its “Americanism Contests.” In an essay contest titled “America the Beautiful,” fifth-grader Emma Williams of the Twin City Christian School in Lunenburg won first place and will receive $25. Brody Silva and Kimberly Leroux, both fifth-graders at the Hawthorne Brook Middle School, placed second and third and will receive $15 and $10, respectively.

In addition, the Townsend VFW honored three winners of a poster contest with the same theme: Spaulding Memorial Elementary School third-grader Mia Malcolm finished first, Immaculate Heart fourth-grader Pippa McDonaugh finished second and Immaculate Heart fourth-grader Anne-Claire Nickle finished third. The awards are $15, $10 and $5 for first, second and third.

The first place essay and poster were entered into the statewide level of those competitions.

The Townsend VFW is also accepting submissions for the “Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards.” Any student enrolled in high school or home-schooled between grades nine and 12 can enter Townsend’s contest. All artwork must be on paper or canvas — no digital art will be accepted — and it must be no smaller than eight inches by 10 inches and no bigger than 18 inches by 24 inches.

Students must also submit a “typed explanation of the patriotism expressed in the artwork” and an application, according to the VFW’s email. Materials are available from high school art teachers or from Betty Mae Tenney at the Townsend VFW post.

Townsend VFW will award $35 to its first-place winner, $25 to second-place and $15 to third-place. The first place entry will be submitted to the statewide contest, and that winner will then be entered into the national level.

The deadline for submission is March 31.

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