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PATRIOT'S PEN

 Attention Teachers! 

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The National Association of Secondary School Principals placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2019-20. We thank all of America's teachers and youth leaders for the time, effort and commitment they invest in our young people each year. The VFW has a number of ways in which to assist you in helping to ensure your students get a head start on their future.


Patriot's Pen

Each year more than 138,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. 

The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2020-21 entry form application as all student entries must be submitted to a sponsoring local VFW Post by midnight, Oct. 31.

 

The 2020-21 theme is: 
What is Patriotism to Me?

 
 Below is the updates across the State of Mississippi. As the Posts turn in their entries to the State Chairman (November 15th is the deadline) the chart below will be updated.