Each year the VFW has two contests for students in junior high (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). The junior high contest is called Patriot’s Pen and the high school is Voice of Democracy.
Patriot’s Pen requires the student to write an original essay consisting of 300-400 typewritten words. This year’s theme was “What I would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.”
Voice of Democracy requires the student to record an original 3-5 minute essay on a standard cassette tape or CD with this year’s theme “Is There Pride in Serving in Our Military?” If the student’s essays make it to National VFW they may receive awards of $500 to $5,000.
Kuna’s VFW Post did not receive any entries for the Voice of Democracy, but had two 8th grade winners for Patriot’s Pen. First place was the essay of Amariah Kotte, who received a check for $100 and a second place check for $50 was given to Alyssa Pape.
Both winners were recognized at the VFW Jan. 9 meeting, and were also awarded a framed certificate. Amariah was also first at VFW District level and is being considered for a State award.
The Kuna VFW Post hopes that we will have more entries in the contests for this year. Deadline for entries to the Post will be November 1, 2013. Contact the Post Service Officer, Jeff Paton, at 922-1590 for this year’s theme and application form.