CRYSTAL FALLS--The Tufts-Rondon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2891 and Ladies Auxiliary are sponsoring the local competition for high school and middle school student scholarships.
The Voice of Democracy theme is “Why I’m Optimistic about Our Nation’s Future.” The 3-5-minute original audio essay by a high school student will be judged locally after the Nov. 1 deadline. The winner will advance to the district judging on Nov. 15, with a top award of $250. The competition continues to the VFW department level with an award of $6,000. At the national level the award is $30,000.
Also for high school students is the Creative Patriotic Art Awards. Last year’s first place winner for $10,000 was Emily Esser from Oconomowoc, Wis. The deadline is March 31, 2014.
Middle school students are invited to compete in the Patriot’s Pen program, which is an essay on “What Patriotism Means to Me.” It is due Nov. 1.
Students are encouraged to express their patriotism while competing for awards. More detailed information of the programs, applications and award schedules can be fond on the VFW website www.vfw.org.
Local contacts are the VFW posts in Crystal Falls and Iron River, West Iron school counselor Christine Harrington (265-9218), Forest Park school counselor Harold Paine (875-6869), Youth Committee Chairperson Diane Donahue (906-774-5831) or the website.