The Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest had some local winners.  Faith Academy student Megan Flores, Senior, Sealy, placed 3rd at District level representing Bellville and Austin County.  She received a $400 scholarship and her audio essay will now advance to State Competition.  

The topic for these students was “The America I Believe In”.  The top 3 winners are all Faith Academy students at the local level:

1st Place:  Nathan Figueroa (Brenham) with a reward of $150

2nd Place:  Henry Cone (Brenham) with a reward of $75

3rd Place:  Maury Cano (Bellville) with a reward of $50

Each of these 3 students will advance for District competition.  Hopefully one will place first at this level and then advance to State. 

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About the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our 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. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The topic for the essay was “My Responsibility to America”.

Conducted nationwide, this VFW-sponsored youth essay competition gives students in grades 6 through 8, an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. The national winners will receive at least $500. The first-place national award is currently $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the winner and a parent or guardian.