Lawton, Okla._Three local students will have a chance to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarship money.
Entries in 2 contests, supported by the Lawton VFW Chapter 6253, and their ladies auxiliary were judged Wednesday night.
One for middle schoolers is an essay contest, called "Patriot's Pen", and students write what they would tell the founding fathers. The other is a speech contest for high schoolers, called "Voice of Democracy".
"We want to make sure we're doing right by our community. Part of what we're doing right is maybe to help educate our kids and to help the kids get through school," VFW Post Commander, Donald Fenter said.
Wednesday's local contest is the first step toward the finals, which are held in Washington D.C. in March.