The Voice of Democracy program, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ scholarship program has awarded millions of dollars of scholarship monies to students each year through its audio essay contest.
Students write and record an essay on an annual patriotic theme.
This year’s theme: “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future” inspired five students from Sandy Creek High School to participate.
Lexi Goodnough, Heidi Brown, Abbigail Irwin, Jay Ivison and Joshua Lococo participated in the opportunity and presented their submissions before the entire student body recently.
The scholarship program, open to all students in grades 9-12, is sponsored at the local level by Cable Trail Post 8534 in Lacona who provide the first level scholarship opportunities.
Dave Lizotte, post commander was on hand to present the awards to the top three students in the competition.
Earning the top spot was the essay by Goodnough, second place went to Ivison and third place was earned by Lococo.
These students will advance to the county level with the potential to earn more scholarship monies.
The top award at the national level earns the winning student a $30,000 scholarship prize.
The Voice of Democracy program is coordinated at Sandy Creek High School by social studies teacher Robert Ferguson.