TOWNSEND — It’s time to get excited for the red, white and blue!
The Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 6538 is sponsoring the Get Excited for the Red, White, and Blue National Anthem Singing Contest for students in Grades K-12, in conjunction with the VFW Auxiliary Department of Massachusetts and the National VFW Auxiliary.
The Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 6538 will award $25 to one winner in the Grades K-8 category and one winner in the Grades 9-12 category. The Townsend Auxiliary’s two winning entries will be entered into the two VFW Auxiliary Department of Massachusetts competitions where $50 will be awarded to each first place winner and $25 will be given to each second place finisher. The two winning state entries will be advanced to the National Auxiliary competitions where a $500 gift card will be awarded for first place, a $300 gift card for second place, and a $200 gift card for third place in each of the two grade categories.
To enter, contestants must submit a live, unedited video of their solo rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” recorded between July 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023. The contestant must state their name, age and grade prior to the performance. Submissions of acapella or with backing tracks or instrumentation will be accepted. Contestants can also sing in the arrangement and genre of their choosing. However, they are not able to change the words to the national anthem.
The video must be saved on YouTube and submitted with a completed and signed official contest entry form. A parent or guardian’s signature and contact information is required on the entry form. Each contestant may only submit one entry.
Entry forms and information about the contest may be obtained from teachers, from Betty Mae Tenney of the Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 6538, or on the vfwauxiliary.org website.
Each entry will be judged on vocal ability, mastery of lyrics, originality or interpretation and entertainment value.
All Get Excited for the Red, White, and Blue Contest entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538 President Betty Mae Tenney by Friday, March 31. Anyone wishing to submit a contest entry should arrange to do so by calling Tenney at 978-597-6495 or 978-665-4026.
The Townsend Auxiliary’s Get Excited for the Red, White, and Blue Contest is open to students in Grades K-12 who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school or home study program. Although U.S. citizenship is not required, students must be lawful U.S. permanent residents or have applied for permanent residence (the application of which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen. Foreign exchange students and students aged 20 or older are ineligible. All eligible young people are encouraged to enter the contest.