Voice of Democracy & Patriots’ Pen Dist. 10 2016 – 2017

VFW PROGRAMS DEADLINE DATES

2017-2018 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Themes Announced

Voice of Democracy: American History: Our Hope for the Future
Patriot’s Pen: America’s Gift to My Generation

The updated 2017-18 entry forms will be available online no later than April 1, 2017. The new student entry deadline will be October 31 for both the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests, beginning in the 2017-18 program year.
Contact information:  Kris Harmer  youthscholarships@vfw.org (816) 968-1117

2016 -2017

 Voice of  Democracy and Patriot’s Pen:

*November 1, 2016 Student entries to the Post

November 15, Completion of Post judging sent to district

December 6, Completion of District judging

January 7, Completion of Department judging

January 15, District participation reports to Department Chairmen

January 15, Department winners to National

January 31, Department reports to National

 Voice of Democracy

YOU TOO CAN WIN $30,000!

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:

The deadline for submissions for the 2016-2017 program is November 1, 2017. Download the entry form for 2016-2017 /VoiceofDemocracystudententntryForm.pdf
The theme for 2016-2017 is: “My Responsibility To America 

Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD or flash drive. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).

Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.

JUDGING CRITERIA:
Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest

Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.

Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.

Patriot’s Pen

YOU TOO CAN WIN!

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 (on the Nov. 1 deadline), who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:

The deadline for submissions for the 2016-2017 program is November 1, 2016. Download the entry form for 2016-2017 here

The theme for 2016 – 2017 is: “The America I Believe In”

Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact a local participating VFW Post and established a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.

Next, it is time to start drafting considering the 2016-2017 theme, “The America I Believe” Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.

JUDGING CRITERIA:

Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points: You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.

Theme development is worth 35 points: Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.

Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points: Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.

 

District 10 VOD & PP Chairperson is Al Phetteplace, Ladysmith, Wi.

Contact information is in your state rosters!!

 

District 10 Patriots Pen 2016-2017 Winners are:

Voice of Democracy

1st place – Laura Simonson –  Amery Post 7929
2nd place – Kavanaugh Fitzpatrick – Lakeland Post 7898
3rd place – Molly Susedik – Ladysmith Post 2490

Patriot pen

1st place – Hailie Granica – Weyerhaeuser Post 5780
2nd place – Austin Anderson – Amery Post 7929
3rd place – Meghan Daugherty – Bayfield Post 8239