VFW Patriot Pen and Democracy winners

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism and encourages youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experience in modern American society through the Patriot’s Pen essay-writing contest. Each year, roughly 112,000 students from grades 6-8, enrolled in a public, private or parochial school, or home school study in the United States and its territories, 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 on an – always patriotic – annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year, students from Heather Hohnstein’s class at Eagle Point Middle School submitted essays to the Eagle Point VFW Post 6184 and Ladies Auxiliary for judging. Winners of the essay were then submitted to the District VFW. Winners at the District level will then advance to the State level, then to the National level, where final winners will be chosen. Winners of the District level will be announced at the annual meeting in Grants Pass in February.

Also, each year, more than 51,000 High School students from across the country enter to win a share of $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. 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 to $16,000, and the first place winner from each State VFW Department wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

This year one entry was received at the Eagle Point VFW Post from Jacquelyn Brown of Eagle Point, , who attends St. Mary’s High School in Medford.. She has advanced to the District level.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, the Eagle Point VFW and Ladies Auxiliary held a special awards luncheon at the Eagle Point Senior Center to honor all the local participants. Awards presented to the local level winners were as follows:
Patriot Pen 1st place winner, Breanna K. Morgan received a Gold Medal
Patriot Pen 2nd place winner, Mason J. Morgan received a Silver Medal
Patriot Pen 3rd place winner, Brenda L. Davis received a Bronze Medal
Voice of Democracy winner, Jacquelyn Brown received a check for $100

For more information on the 2012 Patriot’s Pen competition or Voice of Democracy competition please contact Rick Cook, VFW Post Program Chairman at 541-830-8161.

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