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WYOMING VALLEY: The Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade Committee is holding its annual essay contest. This year's topic is "Land of the free, because of our veterans." The contest is open to students in grades 4-12 in any Wyoming Valley schools and home-schooled students.

The award categories are for grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The third-place winner for each category will receive $50. The second-place winner for each category will receive $100 and the first-place winner for each category will receive $250. Honorable mention winners will receive $25.

All essays must have a cover page containing the following information: essay title; name, address, telephone numbers and email address (if applicable); student's signature on the following line, "This essay was written without assistance other than that provided for all members of my class;" name and signature of parent or guardian; and name of school and grade.

All essays must be no less than 500 words (250 words for grades 4-5) and no more than 1,000 words. Typewritten essays are preferred but not required. Judging will be on the following criteria, proper English structure, accuracy, extent of information and originality.

Each local school must determine its own winner and submit the essay by Oct. 12 to Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade Committee, c/o 1st Battalion 109th Field Artillery, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18704.

All school winners will be invited to participate in the Wyoming Valley Veterans Day Parade to be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11. Award winners will be notified by Oct. 22 and will be invited to an award ceremony prior to the parade.

For more information contact Susan Allen at sdecker973@aol.com.

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