Minot VFW and Auxiliary announce youth scholarship contests

Minot Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary announce youth scholarships for 2018-2019.

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home school. Students must be a state resident. The contest requires students to record a 3 to 5 minute speech on a standard cassette tape or CD and neatly typed. This year’s theme is “Why My VoteMatters.”

Entries will be judged by the local VFW Post. The first-place winner at the local level will be entered at the district level. The district winner will advance to the state competition and the state winner to the national capitol. Cash prizes are available.

The Patriot’s Pen Contest is for students in grades 6 to 8. Students submit a typed essay of 300 to 400 words reflecting on the statement: “Why I Honor the American Flag.”

Students are asked to submit their entries, along with a completed entry form, to the local VFW Post or chairman. The student deadline in both contests is midnight Oct. 31.

Other contests include the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, for students in grades 9-12. Students must submit entries to the local VFW Auxiliary by March 31 ,2019.

The VFW will also recognize three exceptional teachers for their outstanding commitment to teaching Americanism and patriotism to their students. Each year a classroom elementary, junior high and high school teacher can be nominated for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.

More information can be found at the organization’s website at www.vfw.org or by calling Adeline Guy at 839-3344.