The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 10925, Soperton, has honored six students from TM/HS as winners in the annual essay/speaking contests.
The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, and the Patriot's Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8. Each entrant must be enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
The topic for the Voice of Democracy Program is "Does My Generation Have a Role in America’s Future?" The theme for the Patriot's Pen Program is "Does Patriotism Still Matter?"
The younger group submitted essays, between 300 and 400 words. Knowledge of the theme was worth 30 points: A thorough knowledge of the theme and extensive research had to be demonstrated.
The Voice of Democracy entrants submitted typed essays and an audio CD of their speeches. Originality was worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme had to demonstrate imagination and human interest.
In both age divisions content was worth 35 point. Ideas were required to be clearly expressed in an organized manner. Themes had to be fully developed, and use transitions were required to move smoothly from one idea to the other.
Delivery was worth 35 points. Speech had to be clear and credible.
VFW Member Paul Burns has represented Post 10925 for many years in sponsoring the annual essay awards, and he presented the certificates and $50 checks to the students last Wednesday before Veterans Day.
The winners of the Patriot's Pen competition are:
The winners of the Voice of Democracy competition are:
Tom Brucie of Brewton Parker College arranged for the judging of the competition.
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