Voice of Democracy

VOD CompThis is the time of year that children get back to school. It is also the time the Post gets busy soliciting applications for the Voice of Democracy Oral speaking competition for grades 9-12. Our local schools are loaded with talented young people who are waiting for the opportunity to compete for the recognition and the cash that comes from speaking. Last year the Post had numerous contestants from our local high schools. We want to expand this year’s effort. The following identifies the program and methods for obtaining an application. Please accept this notice as an incentive to get all high school students to submit a oral presentation for this year’s competition. It’s easy and fun for the student.   See the following for more information:

The 2013 – 2014 Voice of Democracy Competition for Students 9-12

WHO CAN ENTER:
The Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Competition is open to students in grades 9-12, who are enrolled in a public, private, parochial or home study high school program in the United States and its territories.

HOW TO ENTER:
Students should first draft their essay based on the 2013-2014 Theme:

  • Why I am Optimistic About Our Nation’s Future

Students should then record their reading of the draft to a CD. The recording should 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 has created their essay and completed burning the audio version to a CD, they should submit their typed version and CD along with the completed and signed Voice of Democracy entry form to their local or closest participating VFW Post no later than November 1st.

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.

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