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Essay Contest Announced for Sussex County Military Veterans Salute
Release Date: August 29, 2017

Essay Contest Announced for Sussex County Military Veterans Salute

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(Newton, NJ) The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Senior Services, and the Sussex County Veterans Committee honors its veterans each year at the Salute to Military Veterans parade. The event will be held this year at the Sussex County Fairgrounds on the 5th of November. This is a significant program to honor the sacrifices and contributions of our military veterans.

Each year a patriotic essay contest is held to commemorate the event and to honor the veterans. Sussex County students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades are encouraged to submit an essay and show their support and appreciation to the veterans of Sussex County, while gaining an understanding and knowledge of what the veterans have contributed and sacrificed. Entries from home schooled students will also be accepted.

The rules/requirements of the contest are as follows:

  1. Grades 6, 7, & 8: Topic: "Why are we saluting Sussex County Military Veterans?"
  2. The essay must be 200 words or less. Essays should be written on a volunteer basis by the student.
  3. Copies of the essays must be forwarded to the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, One Spring Street, Newton, NJ 07860, by October 6, 2017. The following information must be submitted with each essay entry:
    • School name
    • Grade
    • Student's name, address, and phone number
  4. All entries will be reviewed and judged by members of the Sussex County Veterans Committee. Student and school information will not be provided to the judges in order to ensure fairness.
  5. One girl and one boy will be selected as the winners and will be asked to read their essay at the event. Each winner will receive $100.00. Permission to publish the winning essay is required.
  6. Contest winners, their parents, and the school will be personally contacted by the chair when a decision is rendered.

Additional information and questions can be directed to the Sussex County Division of Senior Services at 973-579-0555, ext. 1222 or seniorservices@sussex.nj.us.

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