McHenry VFW Post 4600 seeks verbal essay submissions

Local winner receives $500 plus chance to move onto regional, state and national competitions

High school students have until Oct. 31 to submit a verbal essay to McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600 for the Voice of Democracy competition.

The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 living in the U.S. or its territories regardless of whether they’re enrolled in public, private, parochial or home school programs, according to the release. It is also open to dependents of U.S. military or civilian personnel enrolled in overseas schools.

The theme this year is “America: Where do we go from here?”

The winner of the local contest will receive $500, said Larry Cannon, the chairman of Post 4600′s Voice of Democracy contest. They will then move on to a regional contest, the winner of which receives an additional $1,000 scholarship.

The regional winner then participates in the statewide contest, which awards another $1,000 scholarship and all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., according to the release. Their submission then will go to a final national contest.

The overall national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to an American university, college or vocational or technical institution. Other scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000, also will be awarded.

Applications and complete rules for this year’s contest can be picked up at VFW Post 4600, 3002 W. Route 120, McHenry.

For information, call the VFW at 815-385-4600.