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2005 First Place winner in the Voice of Democracy competition was Annette Aug.

Thomas Copenhaver placed second, and Ellee Bryant won third.

Voice of Democracy

A National Audio Essay Scholarship Competition designed to give school students the opportunity to voice their opinion covering their responsibility to our country. The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and it’s Ladies Auxiliary hope that every high school in the country will provide the opportunity for it’s students to take part in this program. Through classroom study projects and special assignments, students will be motivated, while writing and speaking, to express their opinion about their personal responsibilities and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of being an American. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National List of Contests and Activities. This program is conducted annually during the fall term of the school year.

Students must be in 9th-12th grade and properly enrolled in a public, private, parochial high school or a home study program in the United States, it’s territories and possessions or enrolled in an overseas school as a dependent of U.S. military or U.S. civilian personnel. (Foreign exchange, former first place winners, and adults excluded).

The competition starts and is conducted at the Post level. The Post winner is advanced to the District, where they will compete against other Post winners in our District for additional prizes, etc and that winner goes on to Department competition. Last year over $2.6 million in scholarship money was awarded at the Post, District and Department levels of competition. Each state winner is provided with a four-day all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D. C., plus the opportunity to compete for National scholarships totaling over $141,500. The first Place National Winner receives a $25,000 scholarship.


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