This year's Voice of Democracy theme is "Why I'm Optimistic About our Nation's Future." Students should record their reading of their written draft to a CD. The recording can be no shorter than three minutes and no longer than five minutes (plus or minus five seconds).
The entry deadline is no later than Nov. 1, delivered to VFW Post 6471 located on Depot Street, Manchester Center, by 6 p.m.
Each year more than 51,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW's Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
All local students who enter compete for cash and prizes totaling $600 at Post 6471 level with a first, second and third place winner. Post winners then advance to District 1 VFW level and compete against the winners of all Posts in Southern Vermont for $200 in cash prizes plus certificates.
The District 1 winner then advances to State competition and competes against his or her peers from the other two Districts of Vermont for $1000 in total cash prizes at Vt State VFW level.
The State winner then advances to national competition to represent Vermont and competes against 53 of their peers from all States and territories.