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VOD winnersL-R, First Row - Mikelle Peters-VHS, Third Place VOD, Lily Grace Maybin-RTCA, First Place Patriots Pen, Walker McCord-VHS, First Place VOD. Second row, John Sharpe-Principal VHS, Shirley Curl-President VFW Auxiliary, Bobby George-Teacher VHS.November 20-- Each year the local VFW Auxiliary holds their Voice of Democracy competition where local middle and high school students compete in a patriotic themed audio-essay competition with the chance to win college scholarships. The local winners have the opportunity to move on through district, state, and national competitions with the national winner receiving a $30,000 scholarship.

Shirley Curl, President of the local VFW Auxiliary oversees the competition and this year’s theme was “Why is America Great?” Middle school students compete in a similar competition called Patriots Pen. “All the students did extremely well this year, we are so proud of them,” said Curl.

This year’s winners of the Voice of Democracy are:

First Place - Walker McCord, Vidalia High School

Second Place – Briley Braddy, Vidalia Heritage

Third Place – Mikelle Peters, Vidalia High School

And this year’s Patriots Pen middle school winner is Lily Grace Maybin of Robert Toombs Christian Academy.