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.