VFW contest winners write essays, record sound bytes

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VFW contest winners, front row from left, Tatum Leber, Kaitlyn Leber, Ty Brokaw and Egan Leber, answered the VFW contest questions, "What is patriotism to me?" and "Is this the country our founders envisioned?" They were congratulated by VFW members, back row from left, Robert Dobek, Donald Richardson, Quartermaster Ajay Liebelt and Commander Nathan Hoffman. Photo courtesy VFW Post 2060

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2060 in Perry announced Friday the winners in their annual student essay and sound byte contests.

The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is open to sixth, seventh and eighth graders, and the Voice of Democracy sound byte contest is open to all high school students.

The theme of this year’s 300-word to 500-word Patriot’s Pen essay contest was: “What is patriotism to me?”

Tatum Leber won the gold medal and Ty Brokaw captured the silver medal in the Patriot’s Pen competition.

The theme of this year’s three-minute to five-minute Voice of Democracy sound byte contest was: “Is this the country our founders envisioned?”

Kaitlyn Leber earned the gold medal for her Voice of Democracy sound byte, andĀ Egan Leber took the silver medal.

Contest winners earn a chance for $30,000 college scholarship.

The contest winners were congratulated by VFW members Robert Dobek, Donald Richardson, Quartermaster Ajay Liebelt and Commander Nathan Hoffman.

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