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Essay contests deadline is Oct. 23

The Wadena VFW Post 3922 and its Auxiliary are again sponsoring the annual Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy essay/scholarship contests for students in Bertha-Hewitt, Sebeka, Staples-Motley, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek Schools; home-school students are also invited to enter their age-appropriate contest. Entries must be submitted to school contact persons by Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The Patriot's Pen essay contest encourages area 7th & 8th grade students to write a 300-400 word essay discussing the topic "Why I Honor the American Flag." The top national prize is $5,000; local prizes will also be awarded at each participating school as well as by Post 3922.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest is open to students in grades 9-12. Entrants must prepare and record on CD a 3-5 minute speech on the topic "Why My Vote Matters." The top national prize is $30,000; local prizes will also be awarded at each participating school as well as by Post 3922.

Information and entry forms will be available at local schools; interested persons may also call Ruth Clark at (218) 631-1035.

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