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VFW offers youth contests

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars Topaz Post 3630 will offer three youth programs this school year, according to member Jacqui Mobley.

The Outstanding Young Volunteer of the Year will honor a youth aged 12 to 15 for his or her involvement in scouting, church or school activities from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2000.

The volunteer must write a 150-word essay on “Why I am a Volunteer.”

The second program is the Youth Essay Contest for junior high school students and home-schooled students in this category. The theme this year is “What Does it Mean to be Patriotic?”

The essays must be 300 to 400 words and be typed or printed by computer in English with no added art or color. Deadline is Dec. 1. The national winner will receive $10,000 savings bond.

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to high school and home-schooled students in this age group. The top prize is a $25,000 for the first place national winner.

Deadline is Nov. 1. The theme is “What Price Freedom,” and youths are asked to submit a 3- to 5-minute audiotaped essay.

There are, in addition, the Teachers Award for teachers in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Nominations can be submitted by other teachers, supervisors or interested individuals.

For more information, interested students may contact their schools or call 266-4335 or 266-3636.