Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. This year’s theme is What Makes America Great? The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each state's Veterans of Foreign Wars department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

To apply, download and read the rules and eligibility requirements and the entry form and brochure @ VFW Voice of Democracy Form before submitting your entry to Derry Memorial VFW Post 1617 at 18 Railroad Avenue, Derry, N.H. 03038. For information, call the Derry post at 432-9702.

Patriot's Pen contest

The Derry VFW is sponsoring the Patriot's Pen essay contest for students in grades six to eight to examine America’s history, along with students' own experiences in modern American society. Students enter the contest by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW commander-in-chief. This year’s theme is What Makes America Great? The national first place winner receives $5,000 and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level. To apply, download and read the rules and eligibility requirements and the entry form and brochure @ VFW Patriots Pen Form, then submit entry to Derry Memorial VFW Post 1617 at 18 Railroad Avenue, Derry, N.H. 03038. For information call the Derry VFW post at 432-9702.

Public forum planned

CONCORD —The New Hampshire Department of Education will host a public forum with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Dr. Mitchell M. Zais for New England education professionals on Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. The forum theme is "The State of Our Schools. The event will be held at Grappone Hall at NHTI-Concord’s Community College, 31 College Drive in Concord. The forum is free and open to educators and the public with registration.

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut will host the forum and Zais will provide his perspective on the state of education in the United States and in New England.  Prior to his confirmation to the U.S. Department of Education in 2018, Zais served as president of Newberry College from 2000-2010 and as South Carolina’s state superintendent of education from 2011-2015.

Registration for the forum is now open at ZaisForum.EventBrite.com.

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