The Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest is for students in grades six through eight to compete to win state and national awards. Each state’s first-place winners will receive a minimum of $500. The national first-place winner will win $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington , D.C.
Students must draft a 300 to 400 word essay expressing their own views on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is What Makes America Great.
Entries must be submitted to VFW Post No. 4031 in Durango by midnight Oct. 31. Rules and eligibility requirements and the entry form are available online at bit.ly/2AI35xz.