The Veterans of Foreign Wars believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. Each year youthful minds are encouraged to examine OUR nation's history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition and the Patriot's Pen youth essay-writing contest. Starting in September of each year the VFW, Post 9835 solicits input from students who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial high school or a home study program within the boundaries of the Fauquier County.
Through contributions received from citizens of Fauquier County and from other sources, our Post supports the VFW’s annual student essay contests (Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen), local educators, law enforcement personnel and first responders.
Voice of Democracy: "America: Where Do We Go From Here?"
Patriot's Pen: "How Can I Be a Good American?"
Entries must be received at a participating VFW Post by Oct. 31
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 13, 2021) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is now accepting entries for its 2021-22 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship competitions. The announcement comes less than two weeks after the VFW hosted its first-ever, virtual Parade of Winners where the top national winners of both contests were recognized.
Dedicated to encouraging a better understanding and appreciation of America, the VFW’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay competitions help foster patriotism among today’s youth. The popular contests also promote friendly competition and rewards success in the form of more than $3 million in combined scholarships at the local, state and national levels.
The Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition, with this year’s theme of “America: Where Do We Go From Here?” is open to all 9-12th grade students. Each state winner competes at the national level where the first place $30,000 scholarship prize is awarded. Annually, more than 50,000 students compete in the competition. Erin Stoeckig, sponsored by VFW Post 1215 and its Auxiliary in Rochester, Minnesota, was the 2021 national Voice of Democracy winner. Listen to her deliver her award-winning essay.
Open to eligible sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, this year’s theme is “How Can I Be a Good American?” Wyatt Perkins, sponsored by VFW Post 4221 in Portland, North Dakota, was awarded the 2021 Patriot’s Pen first place prize. Listen to his award-winning entry here.
Student entries, accompanied with a completed entry form, must be submitted to Post 9835 in Warrenton or any participating VFW Post. The deadline for both contests is Oct. 31, 2021.
Celeste Pollack - a senior at Fauquier HS - earned 1st place in the Voice of Democracy competition. Celeste was also recognized for having receive a coveted appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point with the Class of 2024.
Ava Price from Wakefield School receives her District 8 runner up award for Patriot's Pen on 2-22-2020
The Post recognized the recipients of the Posts awards for 2019 at its February meeting. Left to right: Technician Brandon Phelps, Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company #1; Cdr Dombroff; Sgt Thomas Kamerer, Warrenton Police Department; 1st Sgt Rob Moline, Fauquier County Sheriff's Department.