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Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition to focus on importance of veterans

Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition to focus on importance of veterans
Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition to focus on importance of veterans
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“Why Is The Veteran Important?” is the theme of this year’s Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary which gives high school students the opportunity to compete for awards, prizes, and college scholarship monies by writing and recording an audio essay on that patriotic theme. The grand prize is a $35,000 scholarship.

Townsend VFW Post No. 6538 and Pepperell VFW Post No. 3291 and their Auxiliaries are co-sponsoring the program at North Middlesex Regional, Nashoba Valley Technical, Groton-Dunstable Regional, Ayer Shirley, and Lunenburg high schools.

The winner of the Townsend-Pepperell contest will receive $150 in cash and the second place winner will be awarded $100, while the third place winner will receive $50.

The local first place winning entry will be entered into the District No. 15 level of competition where cash prizes will be awarded to the winning contestants. Additional top scoring local entries will be entered into the District 15 level of judging for each additional 15 entries received at the local level. The district’s first place winning entry will be entered into the state competition where the top five winners will each receive a scholarship and a cash prize.

The winner of the Department of Massachusetts VFW and its Auxiliary Voice of Democracy competition will receive a $5,000 scholarship, $500, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC.

While there, the Massachusetts winner will join with the winners of the other 52 departments to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary, and receive a portion of the $171,000 in national scholarships monies.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has again approved the Voice of Democracy Contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.

To enter the Voice of Democracy competition, each contestant must write their essay on “Why Is The Veteran Important?” and then record it on a flash drive/USB, taking not less than three minutes or more than five minutes. The script as read by the student should be the only sound on the flash drive/USB. No music, singing, poetry, or sound effects will be allowed.

The recording will be judged on originality (30 points), content (35 points), and delivery (35 points). Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest. The ideas should be clearly expressed in an organized manner. The contestant should speak in a clear and credible manner.

Participants cannot identify themselves, their school, city, state, race, or country of origin within their written essay or recording.  However, they should label their recording and their neatly typed essay to alleviate any confusion over the ownership of the entry.

Their name, address, and school should be listed on the 2022-2023 Official Voice of Democracy Entry Form which is attached to their typed essay. Additional rules are included in the student brochure.

All recorded entries, accompanied by a typed copy of the script and a completed official entry form, must be submitted to a Townsend or Pepperell Voice of Democracy Chairman by Monday, Oct. 31.

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

The program is open to students in grades 9-12 who are less than 20 years of age. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, contest entrants must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application for which has not been denied).

Young people who attend schools where the program is not being conducted by a VFW Post and/or its Auxiliary or who are enrolled in an approved home school program may enter the Townsend-Pepperell program by submitting their entry to Townsend VFW Post Chairman Russell Jobe, Townsend VFW Auxiliary Chairman Betty Mae Tenney, Pepperell VFW Post Chairman Meg Murphy, or Pepperell VFW Auxiliary Chairman James Straitiff.

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