The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is hosting its annual essay contests for middle school and high school students.
The Patriot's Pen Essay Contest is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. This year's theme is "What would I tell America's Founding Fathers" and the essay, which must be between 300 to 400 words, is due Nov. 1.
High-schoolers compete in the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest and the theme this year is "Is our Constitution still relevant?".
Students must submit a 3- to 5-minute audio recording of their essay on CD to the local VFW post by Nov. 1.
Scholarship money and cash awards go to the state winners of each contest. The students also go on to compete in Washington, D.C. at the national level.
Students can mail entries to Kelly Klein, 4440 Harvest Lane, Billings, MT 59106 or drop them off at the VFW Post 1634 located at 4242 State St. Att: Kelly Klein.