Patriot Pen Essay Contest 2012 Presidential Election

2017-2018 "PATRIOT’S PEN” ESSAY Program

 

All information pertaining to the theme, judging, eligibility, awards and other aspects of this program are contained in the Veterans of Foreign Wars program booklet for the Patriot’s Pen Essay Program.  District Chairmen are responsible to ensure that their District programs are conducted within these rules and deadlines.  District Chairmen are solely responsible for the conduct of the program within their Districts.  Make sure that you distribute copies of your program to all Posts in your District in sufficient time to ensure a successful competition.

 

The Patriot’s Pen Essay Program is a joint program with the VFW Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Michigan.  The Auxiliary does not need the permission of a Post to participate in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Program.  Post and District Chairmen are expected to include their VFW Auxiliary counterparts in all activities concerning the conduct of local and District programs. Coordination of the District program is the sole responsibility of each District Chairman. Post Chairmen must refer to their District program for their District program requirements and deadline dates.  

 

THEME:   "America’s Gift to My Generation”

 

Eligibility:  Sixth (6th), Seventh (7th) and Eighth (8th) grade students in public, private, parochial and home schools in the State of Michigan.  Former first place winners at the State and National level competition or any foreign exchange student are not eligible.  Students do not have to be a relative of a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars or its VFW Auxiliary to participate.  

 

ESSAY: Essays must be typed or computer printed in English, between 300-400 words, on a single sheet of paper, with no added color or art.            

 

Entries:                                             Posts

 

To receive credit for participation in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Program, a Post MUST SPONSOR THE PROGRAM IN THEIR COMMUNITY.  While it is important to offer the Patriot’s Pen Essay Program in our schools, it is not solely a program for the schools.  You may offer the competition to any sixth, seventh or eighth grade student.  Foreign exchange students are not eligible.  All entries MUST be submitted directly to the Post.  They may be sponsored through local schools, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church youth groups, Junior ROTC programs, etc.  The Post is encouraged to solicit participants from as many sources as possible.  

 

 

 

The Post will hold their own judging and may submit to District the number of students permitted by the following breakdown.  

1-15 student participants = 1 top Post entry is allowed to advance to District

16-30 student participants = 2 top Post entries are allowed to advance to District

31-45 student participants = 3 top Post entries are allowed to advance to District

46-60 student participants = 4 top Post entries are allowed to advance to District

61-75 student participants = 5 top Post entries are allowed to advance to District

Etc.

 

Posts may advance as many winners as they select based on the total number of students participating.  Post judging is the responsibility of the Post Chairman and must be conducted in accordance with the National Judging Criteria.  

 

The Post may forward each 1st place winning entry to District.  Each student entry submitted by a Post to District must be an equal 1st place winner.  This means each Post student entry sent to District must receive the same award.  For example, a Post has 55 student entries and is eligible to send four entries to District for judging.  These four entries must each receive an equal first place award from the Post.  If the Post lists them as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th place, then they can only send in one entry as the 1st place winner. 

OR

Single Winner School Option.  A teacher working in cooperation with a Post can elect to hold a competition in the school, judge the participants and advance one student entry selected as the school first place winner.  The one declared school winner will advance to District as the "school winner” from each participating school sponsored by the Post.

Districts

Each District shall be responsible for the conduct of the program and judging of entries within their District.  District Chairmen are expected to promote the expansion of the program by encouraging the participation of additional Posts.  It is not always possible to restrict sponsorship strictly along VFW District boundaries.  Posts may solicit student participation from any geographical area within the State of Michigan as long as they do not interfere with the sponsorship of other Posts.  District Chairmen are expected to assist Posts in the coordination of sponsorship of all schools in their District.  It is unacceptable that a school is not contacted.  

 

Each District may submit only one entry to the Department for judging.  This entry must be certified on the proper National Entry Form by the District Chairman to be the District First Place Winner of the District Program judging.  

 

 

The following items MUST accompany the District entry to Department for judging.  

 

A)      One student essay in accordance with the above rules.

B)      One completed student entry form from the National Program booklet.

C)      One good quality picture, preferably wallet sized.

D)      One signed student release form provided by Department.

E)      One State Biographical Questionnaire for the District Winner.

 

It is the responsibility of the District Chairman to ensure that all materials are included.  Any entry that does not include all materials may not be judged.

 

Reporting:  To obtain program credit the Post Chairman portion of the Student Entry Form must be completed and submitted to District with each Post entry.  The form must include the number of students participating from the school and the approximate cost for the program and awards for that school.  Proper credit cannot be given without this information.  District Chairmen are required to prepare and submit a consolidated report of Post participation within their District using the District Report Form and the District Summary Form.  These reports should accompany the District entry to Department.  

 

Deadlines:  Deadline for Post sponsored program entries is October 31, 2017.  Post judging may not be held before November 1, 2017 and must be completed in time to ensure that winning entries are delivered to the District Chairmen by November 15, 2017.  

 

District judging may not be held before November 16, 2017 and must be completed in time to ensure that the winning entry with all required materials are delivered to the Department Chairman by December 7, 2017. District judging is the responsibility of the District Chairman to be conducted in accordance with the National Judging Criteria.

 

The Department deadline for District entries is December 7, 2017.  This deadline is ABSOLUTE and it includes all paper work.  Department judging will be closed and will be the responsibility of the Department Committee.  Be advised that the state judging will be attended only by the VFW Department Committee Members, VFW State Auxiliary Committee Members and the State Judges. The Committee has the sole authority to disqualify from the Department judging any entry which is in violation of the rules as stated in the Department Program and the National Program booklet.  

 

 

 

AWARDS

All Post and District awards are the responsibility of those organizations.

 

Department Awards will be as follows:

 

FIRST PLACE: $1,000.00 Wes Longanbach Memorial Award and a plaque presented by the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

 

SECOND PLACE:  $850.00 VFW Auxiliary Award and a plaque presented by the Department of Michigan VFW Auxiliary.

 

THIRD PLACE:  $750.00 and a plaque presented by Harry & Pamela Croyle and James Pintar. 

 

          FOURTH PLACE: $750.00 and a plaque presented by Post and Auxiliary 334

                                             Post Commander  and Auxiliary President 

 

 

FIHTH PLACE:  $500.00 District 15 Award presented by District 15 Department of Michigan, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a plaque.  

 

SIXTH PLACE:  $500.00 District 9 Award presented by District 9 Department of Michigan, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a plaque.  

 

SEVENTH PLACE: $500.00 Barry and Pam Walter Award presented by Barry and Pam Walter and a plaque.

 

EIGHTH PLACE: $500.00 District 7 & VFW Auxiliary Award presented by District 7 Commander & VFW Auxiliary and a plaque.

 

NINTH PLACE: $500.00 Julia Van Tiem Shonts Award and a plaque presented by James & Sandy Van Tien.

 

TENTH PLACE: $500.00 10 District Award and Plaque Presented by the District Commander

 

ELEVENTH PLACE: $500.00 Michael James Fineis and Cynthiana Ann Gilbertson Award and Plaque

 

 TWELFTH PLACE: $500.00 VFW Post 6802 and Auxiliary Award and plaque presented by the Commander____ and President____ .

 

The "Wes Longanbach Memorial Traveling Trophy” will be awarded to the Post of the 1st place winner to display for one year.  The trophy will be returned to the Department Chairman not later than December 7 each year to be awarded to the Post of the next year’s State winner.

 

Department awards will be presented at the 2018 Department of Michigan Mid-Winter Conference.  District winners receiving Department awards will be invited to Mid-Winter Conference and are expected to be present.  The sponsoring District must assume the cost of their winner’s transportation, meals and lodging.  Department will provide each District winner one banquet ticket.  Banquet tickets for family members and other guests are the sole responsibility of the District in cooperation with the sponsoring Post.  

 

Harry "Les” Croyle, Director            James M. Galen, Assistant Director 

30086 Trailwood Drive                          76200 North Ave.

          Warren, Michigan 48092                      Armada, Michigan

          586-747-2104                                          586-784-9914

hcroyle@vfwmi.org                                jmgalen@sbcglobal.net

 

 

Kathryn Kirby VFW Auxiliary Chairman

2330 Bingham

Clio, Mi. 48420

810-577-7350

klighthouse6@yahoo,com

2016-2017 1st Place Voice of Democracy Winner
Rowan Fink
Award presented by Tim Nelson, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2016-2017 2nd Place Voice of Democracy Winner
Diya Raman
Award presented by Tim Nelson, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2016-2017 3rd Place Voice of Democracy Winner
Daniel Grinffiel
Award presented by Tim Nelson, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2016-2017 1st Place Patriots Pen
Memphis Ferguson
Award presented by Tim Nelson, Post Commander &
Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2016-2017 2nd Place Patriots Pen
Shane Edghill
Award presented by Tim Nelson, Post Commander &
Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2016-2017 3rd Place Patriots Pen
Matthew Vaughn
Award presented by Tim Nelson, Post Commander &
Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2015-2016 - Patriot's Scholarship
Ashley Beier
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Tim Nelson, Judge Advocate


2015 - 2016 - VFW Teachers Award
Shannon Rosenfeld
Centennial High School, Frisco, Texas
1st Place Frisco Post 8273 & 1st Place District 1
Awards presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster


2015 - 2016 1st Place Voice of Democracy Winner
Gauresh Ramakrishna
Plano West High School, Frisco, Texas
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster


2015 - 2016 2nd Place Voice of Democracy Winner
Rachel Thompson
Centennial High School, Frisco, Texas
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster


2015 - 2016 1st Place Patriot's Pen Award
Lisa Kan
Wester Middle School, Frisco, Texas
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster

2015 - 2016 2nd Place Patriot's Pen Award
Navya Chunduru
Fowler Middle School
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster

 

2015 - 2016 Patriot's Pen Award
Brynn Shipley
3rd Place Frisco Post 8273, 1st Place District 1, 2nd Place State of Texas
Scoggins Middle School
Awards presented by John Archer, Post Commander & Preston Rich, Quartermaster

 

2014 - 2015 Voice of Democracy Winner
Dana Huffaker, Centennial High School
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander


2014 - 2015 1st Place Patriot's Pen Scholarship
Livana Singh, Stafford Middle School
Award presented by Preston Rich, Quartermaster and John Archer, Post Commander


2014 - 2015 2nd Place Patriot's Pen Scholarship
Tara Troviano, Hunt Middle School
Award presented by Preston Rich, Quartermaster and John Archer, Post Commander


2014 - 2015 3rd Place Patriot's Pen Scholarship
Trinity Johnson, Stafford Middle School
Award presented by John Archer, Post Commander and Preston Rich, Quartermaster


2014 - 2015 - VFW Teachers Award
Jamie Buzan at Rogers Elementary
Award presented by Preston Rich, Quartermaster and John Archer, Post Commander


2013 - 2014 VFW Teachers Award
Caren Wilson & Nicole Peterson both teachers at Rogers Elementary
Awards presented by Neal Litton, Post Commander

2013 Voice of Democracy Winner
Erick W. Peterson from Centennial High School
Award presented by Neal Litton, Post Commander & Jim Straus Quartermaster

 

2012 Voice of Democracy Winner


Post Commander Ron Bowden, Cliff Sosamon, Shelby Dietz, & Armando Garcia

 

Post Scholarship picked by the Frisco ISD

Post Commander Ron Bowden, Cliff Sosamon, Shelby Gilliland, & Armando Garcia

2011 Voice of Democracy Winner
 
Post Commander Lee Myrben & Kathy Hollis

2010 Voice of Democracy Winner 
  
Terra Chang

 
2009 Frisco VFW Patriot's Pen Scholarship Winners

Amber Schmalz, Taylor Goldman, & Yaru Aldrich

The 2009 Patriot’s Pen winners selected are:
1st Place $300.00 Bond -Yaru A. Aldrich,8th grade from Pioneer Heritage Middle School
2nd place$200.00 Bond -Amber C. Schmalz,8th grade from Pioneer Heritage Middle School
3rd place $100.00 Bond -Taylor A. Goldman,8th grade from Pioneer Heritage Middle School

Winners of the Voice of Democracy Scholarship and Patriot Pen Essay Contest were recently selected by the Frisco Post 8273 Committee.

The Voice of Democracy winner is Terra Chang, a senior at Centennial High School.  VFW Frisco Post 8273 will present the $500.00 scholarship award during the Frisco Education Foundation Award ceremony to be held in the spring, said Post Commander Lee Myrben.

The winners of the Patriot Pen essay met with the Frisco VFW member at American Bank of Texas over the winter break to receive their savings bonds for winning the essay contest.  All three winners are Pioneer Heritage students and all three are students of English teacher Tom Garner.  Garner joined the students and their parents at the bank over winter break to congratulate the youngsters on their accomplishments.

The young women selected by the Frisco VFW Post Committee to receive a bond from the post are:  Yaru A. Aldrich, first place, $300.00 bond: Amber C. Schmalz, second place, $200.00; and Taylor A. Goldman, Third place, $100.00.


2008 Frisco VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Winner

Lauren E. Hill

Lee Myrben, Post Commander from Frisco, TX Post 8273 and post members are proud to announce that Lauren E. Hill, a 12th grade student at Centennial High School, is the winner of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States the 2008 Voice of Democracy Contest. From among the FISD High School 48 student entries, a panel of VFW Post Members judged the winners for the best personal articulation of this year's theme, "Service and Sacrifice by America’s Veterans Benefits Today’s Youth by..." Ms Hill will be awarded a $500.00 college scholarship at the Frisco Education Foundation Awards Ceremony.

 

2007 Frisco VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Winner

Alex Pernice

Synopsis from Sharon Runge:
In 6 years as an educator I’ve encouraged scholarship applications and pushed every available academic opportunity on my English classes. However, it is rare to have a student earn scholarship money for something based solely on the English language; writing. When I found out that Alex had won the Voice of Democracy Essay contest at the regional level I can’t explain the pride, joy, and overwhelming happiness I felt for her.
I was fortunate enough to attend the award ceremony in Austin for the top 25 essay candidates and it was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had as a teacher. The Voice of Democracy program is so generous and academically rewarding for students. To be a part of such a unique event was an honor. Alex is exceptionally intelligent and to be a freshman included in the top 25 in the state proves her amazing talents. I can only imagine what Alex will accomplish in her future years at Liberty High School.
Synopsis from Alex Pernice:
Getting into the Voice of Democracy writing scholarship all started as an opportunity offered in my English class. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences of my freshman year. About a month or so after I turned in my entry, I received a phone call from the Lewisville VFW stating I had won at the regional level and earned a $500 scholarship. At that point I was invited to the Mid-Winter Round Up held in Austin, Texas to attend the Voice of Democracy Banquet, where the results of the state competition would be announced. Only 25 students out of the whole state made it to this point and of those, I was the only ninth grader. It all passed by so fast, and it was quite surreal being a part of something so special. In Austin I had the opportunity to meet a lot of new people, attend VFW meetings, and go to places such as the capital building and the Texas State Cemetery. We had the pleasure of meeting Governor Rick Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. The trip ended with the Voice of Democracy banquet, and the announcing of the winners, in which I placed 14th of the 25 invited and won a total of $1500 in scholarship money. I feel so proud and honored to have been the youngest of the top 25 applicants. I'd like to thank District 1 and the Frisco VFW Post for supporting and sponsoring me throughout the whole process. The Voice of Democracy scholarship program has given me more confidence as a writer and will continue to inspire me as I continue my high school education.

 

 

2006 Frisco VFW Patriotism Scholarship Winner
and 2006 Voice of Democracy Winner


From left, Post Commander James Thomas,
2007 Patriotism Scholarship Winner Ms. Jennifer McGill
and Ms. Rebecca Choi 2006 Voice of Democracy Contest Winner

FRISCO, - The Frisco Veterans Of Foreign Wars Patriotism Scholarship – The Frisco VFW understands the meaning of sacrifice and dedicated service forthe causes of helping country, community and promoting freedom and patriotism. The parameters for the scholarship are: graduating student in good academicstanding and who has exhibited community support and patriotism in his/herhigh school career. The award recipient this year is an outstanding young woman who has displayed such qualities.  This year’s scholarship goes to Jennifer McGill.

 

2006 Frisco VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Winner


From left, Post Commander James Thomas, 2006
Voice of Democracywinner Rebecca Choi.

FRISCO, - VFW Post 8273 Frisco is proud to announce that Rebecca Choi is the winner of the 2006 Voice of Democracy contest.  This year’s essay topic was “Freedom’s Choice”.  Judging was conducted by Post members and the winning entry was chosen based on content, presentation and originality.  Ms Choi was awarded a $500 Scholarship to a college of her choice and has won the right to compete at the District level.  VFW Post 8273 would like to congratulate Ms Choi, this year’s choice for the 2006 Voice of Democracy winner. Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy (VOD) scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. The first-place winner, who competes with all the first-place VFW Department winners, receives a $30,000 scholarship that is paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

 

2005 Frisco VFW Patriotism Scholarship Winner


From left, Post Service Officer Tony Arbisi,
2005 Frisco VFW Patriotism Scholarship Winner
Elliot Winters and Post Commander James Thomas.

 

About VFW Post 8273 - Consisting of over 75 members, Frisco's VFW post 8273 is comprised of veterans of the United States Armed Forces that have served our country from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Their mission is to enhance lives through community service programs and special projects to include annual scholarships to high school seniors, providing services and information to local veterans and supporting current members of the armed forces that are serving overseas.

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