VFW essay contests announced

HONOLULU — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Hawai‘i is sponsoring its annual statewide essay contests for eligible public- and private-school students.

The deadline to submit an entry to a local VFW post is Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to students in grades six through eight as of Thursday, Oct. 1. This year’s theme is “What is Patriotism to Me?” Essays must be 300 to 400 words, typed in English, with no color or graphics.

Entries will be judged on knowledge of the theme, theme development and clarity of ideas. The local winner will be awarded $400 and be eligible to compete at the national level with prizes up to $5,000.

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to eligible students in grades nine to 12. The theme is “Is This The Country Our Founders Envisioned?” Entries must be recorded on an audio CD or flash drive and be three to five minutes long.

Entries will be judged on originality, content and delivery, and must be submitted to a local VFW Post by Saturday, Oct 31. The local winner will receive $500 and be eligible to compete at the national level with prizes up to $15,000.

For more information, call or text Wayne Yoshioka, VFW Hawai‘i public-affairs coordinator, at (808) 342-6565. The VFW Hawai‘i adjutant is also available, and can be reached at (808) 946-7250.

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