The Carter County Memorial VFW Post 4574 would like to thank all the Schools and Students who participated in in this year’s Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Essay Contest.
This year’s winners for 2017 Patriots Pen are, Josie Hefly, from Davis, and Alexis Diaz, from Madill. Winners for the 2017 Voice of Democracy are, Landon Barbour, from Healdton, Sean Ward, from Lone Grove, and Jonathon Tolliver, from Healdton. We would also like to thank the Parents, Teachers and Schools who supported and encouraged these young adults to participate in these programs. They are the future of our Country and it is up to us to help them grow.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of the community. These Programs are supported by our Annual Veterans Golf Tournament. Without the support of the Community and all the Sponsors and individuals who enter, funding for these Programs would not be possible. Thank you and please continue to support the Golf Tournament and the VFW.
We look forward to next year’s contest and hope to see more schools and students participating. It’s a great opportunity for students to show their patriotism, support for the VFW and a chance to win some scholarship money.
Patriots Pen is conducted nationwide for Students grades 6-8. This VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the winner and a parent or guardian.
Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.
Both contests begin at the local Post level and winners will move on to be judged at the District and State levels and then on for a chance at the National level.