Community Living

September 30, 2013

Local student could win college money

— Commander Roy Sampley and President Bernnice Sampley of the Tony K. Burris Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3608, announced the kick-off of this year's VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners are advanced to District. District winners compete in the state competition. The state winners compete for $46,000 in awards, and the first place winner wins $5,000. Each year, around 125,000 students participate nationwide.

Students are invited to write a 300-400 word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for  2013-14 (which is the 19th year of the contest) : “What Patriotism Means to Me”

Deadline for student entries is November 1st, and interested students and teachers should contact their local VFW Post 3608 by phone at 387-5653 or email at for more information.

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