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Local middle school student could win college money

Commander Bud Truchon of the Concord Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1631 announces the kickoff of this year’s VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win thousands of dollars.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to district. District winners compete in the state competition. The state winners compete for $46,000 in awards, and the first place winner wins $5,000. Each year, around 125,000 students participate nationwide.

Students are invited to write a 300-400 word essay on a patriotic theme. The theme for 2013-14 (which is the 19th year of the contest) is: “What Patriotism Means to Me.”

The deadline for student entries is Nov. 1. Interested students and teachers should contact the VFW Post 1631 by calling 228-8907 or by emailing vfwpost1631@yahoo.com for more information.

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