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TELL CITY - The theme for this year's Voice of Democracy audio essay contest is, "Service and sacrifice by America's veterans benefits today's youth by ..."
The contest is open to all students enrolled in public, private and parochial high schools and home-schooled students in the United States, its territories and possessions or in an overseas U.S. military and civilian dependent school in ninth through 12th grades. Previous Voice of Democracy first-place state winners, foreign exchange students or students older than 20 are not eligible.
Students are to record a three-to-five-minute essay on a cassette tape or CD with the theme and participant's name on it. A typed copy of the essay and entry form must accompany the tape or CD for judging.
A total of $148,000 will be awarded in scholarships with the first-place national winner receiving a $30,000 scholarship. The local winner will receive a $500 scholarship from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2939 upon entering a school of higher learning.
All entries must be turned in to VFW Post 2939 by Nov. 1. For more information call Betty Sweeney at 547-8172 or the VFW at 547-4756.