Voice of Democracy Program-2012-2013
Voice of Democracy Program-2012–2013
Sponsored by V.F.W. Post 4329 and Auxiliary of Galion
Eligibility-Students in grades 9–12
Theme-Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?
Deadline-November 1, 2012
Local Judging –November 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Post home
First Place Winner goes to District Competition
Local Awards Presentation will be fourth Tuesday of February 2013
What Is The Voice Of Democracy Program?
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?
Why Should I Enter?
Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., March 2–6, 2013, to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
Who can enter?
The Voice of Democracy is open to students in grade 9–12, who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or home study program in the United States, its territories and possessions; or in an overseas U.S. military/civilian dependent school. Foreign exchange students, students age 20 or over and previous Voice of Democracy first place state winners are ineligible.
What do I need to enter?
Record your original 3–5 minute (+ or — 5 seconds max.) essay on a standard cassette tape or CD. One student per CD or cassette. Preferred format for CD’s is the audio CD format. When burning your CD, make sure that “Crete Audio CD” option (or similar) is selected so the program can properly convert your sound file and burn it to CD. After it has finished, be sure to play back your audio CD on a system other than your computer, such as a standard radio or car CD player, to verify that the conversion/burning process was successful. Label the recording, neatly typed essay and attach this completed entry form. Provide these items to your school/group competition or local VFW Post for judging. All recordings must be in your own voice. Hearing/speech impaired students should contact the Voice of Democracy National Office at (816) 968‑1117 for special instructions.
No music, singing, poetry or sound effects are allowed. The body of the essay must not identify you in any way, althought the recording & typed essay should be labeled with your name, to show ownership You many enter only one Voice of Democracy competion per year.
Where do I submit my entry?
All entries begin at the Post level. The only exception is where schools/classes /youth groups have large numbers of students and wish to conduct their own competition, submitting one winner for each 15 students to the local VFW Post competition. Individual students may submit their entry directly to the Post providing they have not competed at a school/class competion.
One winner for every 15 entries from each Post advances to District and one District winner advances to the state (Department) competition. State winners are invited to Washington, D.C. where their essays compete in the finals competition.
If you need help finding a participating VFW Post in your area, call (816) 968‑1117, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit or website at www.vfw.org.
What is the deadline for my entry?
All entries competing at the Post level must be in the hands of that VFW Post by midnight, Nov. 1, 2012. It is the responsibility of the student to meet this deadline by submitting their entry to the proper location by ensuring it is a participating Post.
What Are The 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 maner. Fully develop your theme and use transitions to move smoothly from one idea to another.
Delivery is worth 35 points: Speak in a clear and credible manner.
The Impact Of The Voice Of Democracy
National finalist Stephanie D’Abruzzo Shemin is a graduate of Northwestern University in Speech and a performer with the Jim Henson Company’s Muppets. “What VOD did was prepare me for college and the real world. I saw how I could find my place in this world.”
Past national winner Dr. Gary Belkin is a psychiatrist and ethicist at Harvard and Brown Medical Schools. “The whole Voice of Democracy program was an experience that is still with me.: The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has again approved this contest for its National Advisory List of Contests and Activities.
For further information: Contact Millie Humphrey at 419–468-3801 or Dee Eusey 567–876-2985