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Cannon Falls VFW Post 4452 has announced the winners for the “Patriots Pen Essay” and “Voice of Democracy” competition. Each year more than 165,400 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $1.4 million in state and national awards. Locally, 12 young people entered the Patriots Pen competition. First place honors and $250 went to Tabitha Snader; second place and $150 was awarded to Anna Ritz and third place, along with $100 went to Emerson Addington. All others who entered were awarded $25.

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 and the national first place winner wins $5,000!

The “Voice of Democracy” contest is an audio-essay program that provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Locally, Cannon Falls VFW Post 4452 announced that first place honors went to Owen Edstrom, who was awarded $250, who also went on to place 3rd in the district to earn another $100!  Second place and $150 was awarded to Lauren Ritz.  Each year, nearly 64,500 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.

VFW Post 4452 urges young people to consider entering this year’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests which will be announced in the Fall.  For more information on this program, contact the VFW 4452 Chairman, Jesse Johnson at 717-736-5075.

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