Around the State – June 26, 2018

1. An Evening of Science – Williamsburg – July 18
2. Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 18
3. Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Program – Entry Deadline Is October 31


1. An Evening of Science – Williamsburg – July 18

William & Mary Campus, Integrated Science Center
Williamsburg, Virginia

Wednesday, July 18, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost: This is a free event, open to the public. RSVP is requested, but not required to attend the event. RSVP via Facebook or email

Join faculty and fellow community members for a light dinner in the Integrated Science Center for the Williamsburg Synthetic Biology Public Forum. All expertise levels are welcome to share opinions and get questions answered regarding the world of ethics and genetics. Student scientists ages 6 to 16 years are welcome to attend an accompanying fun evening of hands-on DNA activities with William and Mary’s BioEngineering Team. If student scientists are attending, please email, comment, or Facebook message with children’s ages to help the team plan and ensure adequate supplies.


2. Jacob Bushong’s Birthday – New Market – August 18

Virginia Museum of the Civil War
New Market, Virginia

Saturday, August 18, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Event is free with paid admission to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Admission fees are: $10/adult (13 to 64 years old); $9/senior (65 years and older); $6/child (6 to 12 years); children 5 years and younger are free.

Join the Virginia Museum of the Civil War’s living historians for food, dancing, games, activities, and music, in celebration of David Bushong’s birthday at the historic Bushong Farm. With so much to do, there’s sure to be something fun for everyone.

New Market Battlefield State Historical Park is a historic American Civil War battlefield and national historic district located near New Market, Virginia. The district encompasses the site of the Battle of New Market. In the middle of the battlefield stands the Bushong House, used by both sides as a hospital during the battle, and now serving as the visitor center for the 300-acre park.

For more information, contact Sarah Mink at 866-515-1864 or


3. Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Scholarship Program – Entry Deadline Is October 31

The Veterans of Foreign Wars sponsors an annual audio-essay scholarship program open to students in grades 9 through 12. Established in 1947, the “Voice of Democracy” audio essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.

The theme for the 2018-2019 program is “Why My Vote Matters,” and the submission deadline is October 31, 2018. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each state’s VFW Department wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Download the rules and regulations document and entry form for complete details and entry requirements.

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