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Voice of Democracy, Patriots Pen contest open

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Now seeking students to enter the 2012 Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen VFW Scholarship Programs.

The Voice of Democracy is open to all students enrolled in public, private, parochial and homeschools. The theme this year is "Is our Constitution still relevant?"

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Contestants should submit a 3-5 minute essay on a standard cassette tape or audio CD by Nov. 1.

The Patriots Pen is open to all students in the sixth through eighth grade enrolled in public, private, parochial and homeschools. The theme this year is "What I would tell America's Founding Fathers."

It is to be in his or her own words in a 300-400 word typed essay.

Both programs are judged at local, district and national levels. The national award for Voice of Democracy first place is a $30,000 scholarship, and the Patriots Pen first place national award is a $10,000 savings bond.

Students do not need a school or teacher to sponsor them.

For information, contact VFW Commander Andy Foltz or VFW President Connie Coalwell at 847-9460, or the Americanism Chairman Leatrice Wirtz at 847-9167.

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