Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen

Amery VFW post 7929
Voice of Democracy & Patriot’s Pen  2015 – 2016
Theme for 2015 – 2016 is “What Freedom Means to Me”           Patriot’s Pen Winners are:

Pictured are: (Back Row) Matt Patterson – Teacher, Eldon Sanders – VFW Cdr., Nicholas Hahn, Jenna Hendrickson, Judy Sanders – Auxiliary Pres.,

Bailey Snyder, (Front row) Anna Ganje, Jacob Oman, Wyatt Lichtenburg.

s strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.

Annually, roughly 112,000, students from grades 6-8, enter to win one of several savings bonds totaling $1.2 million, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National first place winner.
Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
Students should first ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then the student should contact a local participating VFW Post and establish a contact person who is a member of that Post or its Ladies Auxiliary.
Next, it’s time to start drafting considering the 2016-2017 theme: “The America I BELIEVE IN” Essays must be no less than 300 words and should not exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than November 1, 2016.     Click Here for application >     Patriots Pen 2016 – 2017 Student 
 2015-2016 Theme was “My Vision for America”  Voice of Democracy winners are:



PICTURED ARE: Allie Karpenske, Judy Sanders Auxiliary Pres., Andrew Smith, Meikah Dado, Eldon Sanders VFW Cdr, Lorna Coleman Teacher

1st. Place  – $150.00                        2nd. Place  $100.00                                   3rd. Place  $75.00

 Allie J. Karpenske                                  Meikah Dado                                         Andrew Smith
 District 10 Winners:
Voice Of Democracy!
1st Place – Taylor Olvetti – Post 8637 Eagle River
2nd Place – Victoria Sleeman – Post 8637 Eagle River
3rd Place – Conner Cockroft – Post 2491 Ladysmith
Patriots Pen!
1st Place – Bailey Fox – Post 7898 Woodruff
2nd Place – Brook Peterson – Post 8491 Prentice
3rd Place – Wyatt Lichtenberg – Post 7929 Amery
Teacher of the year!
               Listen to All Department winners going on to National  Wisconsins Winner
Each year, more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000- $16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
Students should first draft their essay based on the 2016-2017 theme: ” My Responsibility to America”   reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should 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 has created their essay and completed burning the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post no later than November 1, 2016.       Click here for Application >   Voice of Democracy 2016-17 Student Application