AUBURN – Chairman Donald W. Linscott Jr. has announced that the Auburn Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is extending the Voice of Democracy scholarship contest deadlines for Edward Little High School students and the Patriots Pen essay contest for the Auburn Middle School until Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

Students competing in the Voice of Democracy contest write, then record a three-to-five minute audio/essay expressing their views of this year’s patriotic theme, “Freedom’s Challenge.”

The Auburn VFW is responsible for the competition at Edward Little High School as well as any home-schooled students in grades nine through 12 who live in Auburn. The winner of competition will receive $200 and will advance to the District 9 competition, vying against winners from Lewiston, Lisbon, Monmouth, Jay, South Paris and Rumford. District prizes are $150, $75 and $50.

The district winner will advance to the state, competing against the other 11 districts in Maine. Maine VFW awards $1,500, $800, $500 scholarships. Every entrant in the state competition will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

The state winner will have a four-day tour of Washington, D.C., along with the winners from every state, the Pacific area, Latin America/Caribbean and Europe. The first-place national winner will receive $30,000 and all will receive a $1,000 national scholarship.

Students in the Auburn Middle School competing in the Patriots’ Pen essay will have as a theme “Citizenship in America.” The winner will get $100 and will be entered in the district competition. The district winner will advance to the state and that winner will go to the national competition in Washington. The national winner will win a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond.

Interested students should contact teachers or Linscott at 782-6873 and leave name, address and telephone number. A brochure and an application and last year’s winning essay will be sent.

All entrants will have the use of the VFW computer, and arrangements can be made to assist in taping. All scripts and tapes must be in Linscott’s hands by Nov. 11.

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