VFW essay, scholarship participants recognized

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LISBON — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9459 and Auxiliary recognized students in the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition and Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest on March 27.

The VFW and Auxiliary promote citizenship education, volunteerism and positive youth programs. The VFW Scholarship Program certificates of appreciation and monetary awards were distributed at a luncheon for students and their parents and teachers.

Voice of Democracy winners were Forrest Cornell, Alexis Ancona, both of Lisbon High School and Jennifer Newendyke of Lisbon Falls Christian Academy.

Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades nine to 12 annually providing scholarships. The first place winner, who competes with all the first place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship paid to the recipient’s university, college or vocational/technical school.

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In addition to competing for the top scholarship prize, as well as other national scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $16,000, each department’s winner receives an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Patriot’s Pen is a national a youth essay writing contest giving students in grades six, seven and eight the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy.

Patriot’s Pen winners at Philip W. Sugg Middle School were Delanie Ouellette, Elysabeth Jefferies and Nichole Jones. Other students participating were Cyrus Lavers, Brooke Gamache, Emily Stevens, Jennifer Smith, Haylee Jamison, Cory Raymond, Colby Williams, Alyssa Briglio, Dylan Busler, Jennifer Runyon, Dillon Clifford, Dylan Dall and Breeann Sautter and Jessica Newendyke.

Contestants wrote a 300- to 400-word essay based on a patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington. D.C. The top national winners each receive a savings bond anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.

For more information, contact VFW National Headquarters or the local VFW post.

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