November 15, 2012

McBee, Ebeling Advance in V.F.W. Essay Contests

Lorrin MCBee and Josh Ebeling advanced tothe district level ofthe V.F.W. essay contests.

As America celebrated Veterans Day on Monday, a pair of local authors were selected to advance to the district level of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) essay contests.

Scotland County R-I students Lorrin McBee had her submission tabbed as the winner of the Voice of Democracy essay contest for students in grades nine through 12th. Andrew Ebeling was picked as the winner in the Patriot's Pen essay contest for students in grades sixth through eighth. The essays were submitted to the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the V.F.W. in Memphis.

The two entries will now advance to the district level, where the top submissions will then advance to the state level competition.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy essay contest has been held by the VFW as the national organization's top scholarship program. Each year more than 50,0000 high school students compete for scholarships and incentives that have surpassed more than $2.3 million since the program began. Participants write and record an audio broadcast of 3-5 minutes in duration on the annual theme.

This year's theme is "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?"

State winners earn an expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. in March to compete for the top prize, a $30,000 scholarship.

The youth essay contest, entitled Patriot's Pen, witnessed 129,000 students participate in 2011 for the top prize of $5,000. The top 46 national contests receive at least $500 in prizes.

This year's theme is "What I would Tell America's Founding Fathers".

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