Selecting Patriotic Contests Winners to Advance to the State Level
Three professors from the County College of Morris (CCM) Department of Communication, along with staff and the public relations intern from the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, recently served as judges for two Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 10 scholarship contests. District 10 covers all of Morris County.
Dr. Matthew Jones, of Randolph, professor and chair of the Department of Communication; Professor Michelle Altieri, of Hamburg; and
Dr. Robb Lauzon, of Budd Lake, judged the Voice of Democracy contest for high school students. In that contest, students were asked to provide a three- to five-minute audio essay on â€śWhy My Vote Matters.â€ť A total of 5 submissions were provided in that contest.
â€śWe were impressed by the studentsâ€™ ability to articulate the importance of participating in the election process from the local to national level,â€ť said Jones. â€śIt was an honor to take part in this project as we were encouraged by the insights offered by these high school students.â€ť
Kathleen Brunet Eagan, of Jefferson, director of the Office of Marketing and Public Relations; Allison Ognibene, of Sparta, marketing and public relations specialist; and Jamie Corter, of Sparta, public relations intern, served as judges for the Patriotâ€™s Pen contest for the eighth graders. In that contest, students were asked to explain â€śWhy I Honor the American Flag.â€ť A total of 23 submissions were provided in that contest.
â€śWe were delighted that the VFW selected CCM to provide judges for this yearâ€™s contests,â€ť said Brunet Eagan. â€śIt was a rewarding experience to read and hear about the pride these students have for our country.â€ť
â€śFor our part, we are grateful to the CCM professors and staff who volunteered their professional expertise in judging the winners for this yearâ€™s contests,â€ť said Rich Olsen, VFW district coordinator.
Final first, second and third place winners will be selected by the district based on the scoring provided by the CCM judges. Each winner will receive a monetary reward and special recognition at the districtâ€™s Award Luncheon in January. The first place winners will advance to the state level competition. The state winners will then compete nationally for scholarships with a top award as much as $30,000.