In Brief

Scholarship nominees sought

AFS Intercultural Programs invites high school teachers, principals, guidance counselors and honor society advisers to nominate students for the 2008 Awards for Excellence Scholarship Program. More than $200,000 in merit-based scholarships will be awarded to high school students through this national program that recognizes students who demonstrate leadership, community service and strong academic achievement (minimum grade point average of 3.5). The scholarships make it possible for exceptional students to participate in an unforgettable learning experience -- living and studying abroad. Students and teachers can learn more about the AFS-USA's study abroad programs and receive a nomination form by calling 800-AFS-INFO or visit

Patriotism theme of 3 contests

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is sponsoring the National Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest.

The Livingston-Delhi auxiliary is offering a first-place prize of $100 and an eagle liberty jacket and a certificate. Second place is $75, a jacket and a certificate. Third place winners will receive $50, a jacket and a certificate as well.

Winning artwork will be eligible for a state competition and from there, could go to the national competition, where the winning artists are eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000.

Entries are due by March 31. Students must have crafted their entries during the 2007-08 school year. This must be verified by a teacher's signature on each entry form.

Also, students are invited to enter the Patriot's Pen essay contest or the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest, two more competitions coordinated by the Ladies Auxiliary.

The Patriot's Pen essay contest gives students who are enrolled in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade the opportunity to express their opinion in a written essay of 300 to 400 words. This year's theme is "Why I Am an American Patriot."

First place winner at the local level (Livingston VFW) will be awarded $100, a liberty jacket and a certificate. The second and third place winners will receive $75 and $50, liberty jackets and certificates, respectively.

From the local level, the winners will advance to district, state and then national level, with prizes awarded at all levels. The national first-place winner receives a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond plus an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Essay and entry forms are due to Post Commander Denis Wells no later than Nov. 1.

The Voice of Democracy contest is an audio essay contest that gives students who are enrolled in high school the opportunity to express their opinion in a three- to five-minute audio (cassette tape or CD) on the theme "My Role in Honoring America's Veterans." Prizes and deadlines are the same as in the written essay contest. Rules and entry forms for all of the contests can be obtained from Denis or Sue Wells at 394-2059.

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