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Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its auxiliary sponsoring Patriot’s Pen Contest

Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its auxiliary sponsoring Patriot’s Pen Contest
Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its auxiliary sponsoring Patriot’s Pen Contest
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TOWNSEND — Townsend VFW Post 6538 and its auxiliary are sponsoring the Patriot’s Pen Contest for students in grades six through eight who reside in Massachusetts.

The theme for this year’s essay is “How Can I Be A Good American?”

Each essay must be typewritten in English. No color or graphics may be added. The essay should contain 300 to 400 words. Students should not put their name on their essay, but a completed Official Student Patriot’s Pen Competition Entry Form must be stapled to the top of it. Participants should not identify themselves, their school, town, state, race or national origin within their essay.

The essay will be judged on knowledge of the theme (30 points), theme development (35 points) and clarity of ideas (35 points).

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has approved the Patriot’s Pen Contest for its National Advisory List of Student Contests and Activities for 2021-2022.

The program offers valuable prizes at several levels of competition. The top prize of $5,000 will be awarded. Additional national prizes include $4,000 for second place, $3,500 for third place, $2,750 for fourth place, $2,500 for fifth place, $2,000 for sixth place, $1,750 for seventh place, $1,500 each to the eighth, ninth, and tenth place winners, $1,250 each to the 11th and 12th place winners, $1,000 each to the 13th through 23rd place winners, $750 each to the 24th and 25th place winners, and $500 each to the 26th through 53rd place winners.

At the local level, $100 will be awarded to the first-place contest winner. The second-place winner will receive $70 and $40 will be awarded to the third-place winner. The Townsend VFW Post and Auxiliary will advance one of its highest scoring essays to the District 15 level of competition for each fifteen entries received at the local level.

The District 15 VFW and its auxiliary will award a total of $225 in cash to the top three winners. The winning district entry will be entered into the Department of Massachusetts VFW level of competition. The state’s top five winners will each receive monetary awards from both the Department of Massachusetts VFW and the VFW Auxiliary Department of Massachusetts. The first-place state entry will be entered into the national competition.

Essay entries should be submitted to VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post 6538 President Betty Mae Tenney or to Townsend VFW Post 6538 Commander Natalie Call by Oct. 31.

Anyone seeking more contest information or to make arrangements to submit an entry should call Tenney at 978-597-5644 ext. 9 or at 978-597-6495.