VFW Post 8870 Announces Annual Student Essay Contest

Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870 again hosts an annual student essay contest, open to students residing in the Edmonds and Mukilteo school districts.

Students attending private schools or home schooled are eligible to enter the contest. The writing program for young people is aimed at students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. An essay, not to exceed 250 words, should address the topic “Why are veterans so important to us?” Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three trial winners in each of the three grade levels.

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 can participate in the Patriot’s Pen program, which includes a 300-400 word written essay on the topic “My Commitment to Our Veterans.” Cash prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place winning essays.

Voice of Democracy is the third program, and it’s an audio writing competition for 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. To participate, a student must prepare a three to five minute recording that addresses the topic “Why Veteran Matters?” Cash prizes will be awarded to the three entries judged to be the best. The winning entries in each of the three contests will be forwarded to the district level for further consideration.

Detailed instructions, together with a registration form, which must accompany each submission, can be obtained by visiting the Post’s website at www.vfw8870.org. Go to the Community Support tab and click on Student Essay Program. You will be able to download the information corresponding to your school level.

All contest entries, along with the completed entry form, must be submitted to VFW Post 8870 no later than October 31, 2022. Youth Essay and Patriot Pen entries can be submitted online at [email protected] or they can be mailed to VFW Post 8870, PO Box 701, Edmonds, WA 98020. Voice of Democracy entries should be mailed.

Questions regarding the student essay program can be directed to Donald Stapleton (425-563-9797), who coordinates the program.

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