Patriots Pen

The VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions are dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation for our great country and fostering patriotism among our nation’s youth. Students are asked to submit an essay in response to a question or statement on a subject which prompts them to consider how American history and democratic ideals and principles apply to their lives.

This year’s Voice of Democracy theme asks students to explain, “My Responsibility to America.” The Voice of Democracy scholarship competition is an audio-essay competition open to students in grades 9-12. The national winner will receive the $30,000, T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award.

The Patriot’s Pen competition is open to students in grades 6-8. 

n this picture are from Green Valley Jr. High School:


Samantha Uncovich 7th Grade 2nd Place

Daniel McCarty, 8th Grade 1st Place

John M. Lotz, Teacher of the Year

Jackie Carducci, Principal


In this picture from Bob Miller Middle School

Camdyn Carpenter, 6th Grade 3rd Place

her teacher Laura Brewer

her father: Clayson Carpenter