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Patriot's Pen

2010-2011 Theme
"Does Patriotism Still Matter?"
Entry Deadline
Nov. 1, 2010

If you are not local to Carrol County, use this link.

Patriot's Pen, a youth-essay writing contest is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades 6,7 and 8 the opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Annually, more than 115,000 students participate in the contest.

Contestants write a 300-400 word essay based on an annual 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 our local VFW Post 2223 at 409 Main St - Savanna, IL 61074 Phone: 815-273-7090.

Student Information:
Students can enter by submitting the required entry form, click here (Requires Adobe Acrobat) along with their essay, to a local VFW Post. Mail entry form and essay to VFW post 2223, 409 Main St - Savanna, IL 61074 Phone: 815-273-7090. Further directions are listed on the entry form.

*Historically, the theme (annually chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief) is purposely kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility in interpretation to encourage originality. Since the VFW is a patriotic organization, the annual theme always will be related to patriotism.


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