Post 11999 will continue sponsoring the VFW annual "Patriot's Pen" Essay Contest for Grades 6-8 and the "Voice of Democracy" contest for grades 9-12. Each year VFW Post 11999 of Cloudcroft presents a cash award for the best essays in each category. Local winners will have their essays forwarded for a chance to win greater amounts at District, State and National levels. All students of these grade levels are eligible to participate, whether home school, public or private school. This year the theme for the "Voice of Democracy" essay is "American History: Our Hope for the Future"and the theme for the "Patriot's Pen" essay is "America's Gift to My Generation". For more information, call Richard at 575 415-2030 or access our web site at www.vfw11999.org.