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VFW Student Essay, Singing, and Illustrating Contests

It has been brought to our attention that the essay contest information originally provided was incorrect.  The information below has been revised to reflect the correct theme and information.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7392 supports multiple contests to promote patriotism in our youth.  There are three contests available for students in elementary school.
VFW Department of Washington Youth Essay Contest
The youth essay contest is an essay of no more than 250-words based on a patriotic theme chosen by the Department of Washington State Jr. Vice Commander.
Eligibility:  Youth in grades 3 - 5
The 2020-21 theme is:  Why do I stand for my Country's flag?
Due Date: All student entries must be submitted to the post by Oct. 31.
Want to apply? Read the rules and eligibility requirements, and download the 2021-2022 Entry Form
Get Excited for the Red, White and Blue!
For this individual national anthem singing contest, youth learn the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” while expressing their creativity. The contest highlights the vocal talent of young people while promoting patriotism. 
  • Entry will be judged on vocal ability, mastery of lyrics, originality or interpretation, and entertainment value.
  • The contest consists of two grade divisions: K-8 and 9-12. There is one National winner in each grade division, with awards for first, second, and third place in each grade division.
Eligibility: Youth in grades K-12 at the time of local entry, and a U.S. citizen or U.S. national. 
Due Date: All student entries must be submitted to the post by March 31.
Read full contest rules and download the entry form at Red, White and Blue!
Illustrating America
A patriotic art contest for elementary and middle/junior high school students that encourages students’ artistic abilities and rewards their hard work. It’s fun to see how our youth see the world through their drawings and paintings.
Eligibility: Youth in grades K-8 who are U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Due Date:  All student entries must be submitted to the post by March 31.
Read about the contest rules and download the entry form online
Entry forms for all three contests are also available in the office.