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Entries sought for VFW student essay contests

Entries are now being accepted for the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) annual student essay competitions.

Detroit Lakes area students in grades 9-12 are invited to enter the audio essay “Voice of Democracy” contest, while kids in grades 6-8 have the opportunity to compete in the “Patriots Pen” written essay competition.

“Voice of Democracy” contestants should submit a three to five minute recorded essay on a standard cassette tape or audio CD by Thursday, Nov. 1. The theme this year is, “Why my vote matters.” Entrants have the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Students who enter the “Patriots Pen” contest also have the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C., along with dollars and savings bonds. Written essays should be 300 to 400 words and must focus on the theme of, “Why I honor the American flag.” Essays are due by Thursday, Nov. 1.

Students or teachers interested in either of these competitions may contact Detroit Lakes VFW Chairman, Leatrice Wirtz, at 847-9617 or 849-1141, for more information.