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WHO CAN ENTER: The Voice of Democracy Program is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
HOW TO ENTER:
The deadline for submissions for the 2013-2014 program is November 1,
2013, and the updated entry form should be available by April 1, 2013.
The theme for 2013-2014 is: “Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation’s Future”
Students should record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than 3 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes (plus or minus 5 seconds).
Entries begin at the Post level. Once the student creates their essay and completes burning the audio version to a CD, they can submit their typed version, CD and the Voice of Democracy entry form to their local participating VFW Post by the November 1 deadline.
JUDGING CRITERIA: Originality is worth 30 points: Treatment of the theme should show imagination and human interest Content is worth 35 points: Clearly express your ideas in an organized manner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to the other.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
AGAIN...THIS YEARS THEME IS...............................
Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation’s Future?