Townsend VFW Offers Audio Essay Contest
TOWNSEND -- “Why My Vote Matters” is the theme of this year’s Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary. The grand prize is a $30,000 scholarship.
Townsend VFW Post No. 6538 and its Auxiliary and Pepperell VFW Post 3291 are co-sponsoring the program for students at North Middlesex Regional, Nashoba Valley Technical, Groton-Dunstable Regional, Ayer Shirley Regional and Lunenburg high schools.
Young people in the local area who attend schools where the program is not being conducted by a VFW Post and/or its Auxiliary or who are enrolled in an approved home-school program may enter the Townsend-Pepperell program by submitting an entry to Townsend VFW Post Chairman Russell Jobe, Townsend VFW Auxiliary Chairman Betty Mae Tenney, or Pepperell VFW Post Chairman Paul Rakiey.
The winner of the Townsend-Pepperell contest will receive $150 in cash. second place will receive $100, and the third-place finisher will receive $50. The local winning essay will be entered in the District #15 level of competition, where cash prizes will be awarded to the winning contestants. The district’s first-place entry will be entered in the state competition, where the top five winners will each receive a scholarship and a cash prize. state Voice of Democracy competition will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a $500 check and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March, and receive a portion of the $155,500 in national scholarships. The department winners will also be invited to the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge’s Youth Conference in June.
The national winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, Fla., for the VFW National Convention in July.
To enter, record an essay on an audio CD or a flash drive, taking not less than three minutes or more than five minutes. The script as read by the student should be the only sound on the audio CD or flash drive. No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed.
All recorded entries, accompanied by a typed copy of the script and a completed official entry form, must be submitted to a Townsend or Pepperell Voice of Democracy chairman by Wednesday, Oct. 31.