By Janet VanCamp

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is inviting all local area middle school and high School students to enter the 2016 Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen Scholarship competitions.

The theme for the VOD essay is “My Responsibility to America.” It’s open to all 9th to 12th grade students. The essay must be a 3-5 minute audio recording.

The Patriot’s Pen competition is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The written essay must be 300-400 words in length and reflect the theme “The America I believe In.”

The essay deadlines are November 1, 2016.

All entries must be original and created in 2016 and reflect the theme designated.

Monetary prizes range from $500 to $10,000. For additional information and rules, contact the local VFW (775 289-6711), committee chairman @ 296-1195 or Entry forms can be found at local school offices, as well as Ely Post #3547 on the McGill Hwy.