VFW Patriots Pen Essay Contest
The 2015 Patriots Pen essay contest sponsored by The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and locally by Harned-Fowler VFW Post 6471 is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. This year’s theme is ‘What Freedom Means to Me.’ Students are asked to write an essay 300 to 400 typewritten words long. The entry deadline is no later than 6 p.m., November 1, 2015, delivered to VFW Post 6471, located on Depot Street in Manchester Center.
More than 100,000 students nationwide enter annually. One first-place winner from each state competes to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The Vermont State winner competes for the grand prize and could win $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in March.
Local students who enter compete for cash and prizes totaling $600 at Post 6471 level with first, second and third place winners. Post winners then advance to District One VFW level and compete against the winners of all posts in southern Vermont for $200 in cash prizes plus certificates. Our VFW Post 6471 has sponsored several state winners, one of which finished fourth in the nation. The District One winner then advances to the state competition and competes against his or her peers from the other two districts of Vermont for a cash prize at that level. The state winner then advances to national competition to represent Vermont and competes against 53 of their peers from all States and territories. Call 802-362-9840 for an entry form and rules or visit vfw.org/patriotspen.