Students in the Hockessin area in middle school and high school can enter contests sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) with the chance to win up to $30,000 in prizes.
The members of Hockessin VFW Post #5892 and the Ladies Auxiliary are encouraging local students to enter two events – the Voice of Democracy speech contest for ninth to 12th graders and the Patriot's Pen essay contest for sixth to eighth graders.
For the Voice of Democracy contest, students must write and record a three-to-five-minute speech on a CD with the theme "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future." Prizes are awarded at the local level, and then the local winner competes at the state level with the chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national contest with a $30,000 scholarship as the top prize.
For the Patriot's Pen contest, students must write an essay of 300 to 400 words on the theme "What Patriotism Means to Me." Along with prizes at the local level, students can advance to the national contest which has a $5,000 top prize.
The entry deadline for both events is Nov. 1.
For entry forms, see the website www.vfw.org and click on "COMMUNITY" then "PROGRAMS" or for more information, call Hockessin VFW Commander Michael Carmody at 239-0797.