Patriots Pen

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Patriot’s Pen gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills, while they compete for awards and prizes. Annually, roughly 100,000 students from grades 6-8 (nationwide) enter.  Cumulatively, the awards provided from all levels of the competition are around $1.2 million each year. Essays must be no less than 300 words and cannot exceed 400 words and should be submitted to the Post, along with the completed Patriot’s Pen entry form no later than the November 1 deadline.

The theme for 2014-2015 is: “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”

The I.P. “Sarge” Bell Memorial Post 3377 Post judges all essays submitted to us and choose our Post winners. We award the first place winner(s) $100, second place $75, and third place $50. The Post 3377 first place winner(s) compete in the VFW District 28 competition. The VFW District 28 winner competes in the VFW Department of Texas contest against all other District winners and the Department winner competes against all other state winners to win one of 46 national awards totaling $46,000. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.

VFW Post 3377 strongly supports the Patriots Pen program. For additional information, the Post Patriot Pen Chairman Comrade Jim Linville may be contacted via email or by calling (512) 282-5664.

More information can be found here and an official entry form and contest rules can be downloaded from here. (Note: The 2014-2015 information, entry form, and contest rules will be available in March 2014.)

VFW Post 3377 2013-2014 Patriot Pen Winners

First Place
Hannah S. Ketchum

Second Place
Isabella M. Knox

Third Place
Ellie M. Windsor