Lincoln VFW Presents Students With Voice Of Democracy Awards

In 1947, the Veterans of Foreign Wars established the Voice of Democracy program. It is an audio-essay contest for students attending private, public or parochial schools in grades 9-12, and gives them the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. This year, the theme for both was “What Makes America Great?”  The Patriot’s Pen program was created as an essay contest for grades 6-8 to allow students to compete in a written contest, and also to prepare them for the Audio-essay contest.  
At the beginning of each school year, the Lincoln VFW and its Auxiliary provide the information for each of the competitions to our Benton County schools. The judging is in November and the Post presents awards for the top three places at each school.  This year’s winners from Warsaw High School for the Voice of Democracy competition are 1st Place: Jonah Lindquist, 2nd Place:  Matthew Couzens, 3rd Place: Rebecca Pistesch. 
Lincoln VFW Post 5925 Commander, Royce Kelb stated that our Post and Auxiliary have been promoting this scholarship program for the past 30 years. “This is not about the military or Veterans groups, it’s about Patriotism and how it affects you, your family, your community, maybe even your nation.” Royce also stated “What makes this program so special is the heart and thought that go into the audio and written essays from the students.”
First place winners from the Post are forwarded to District level for judging and have the opportunity of continuing to the State and National competition. The Department (State) Voice of Democracy winners win an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the city, are honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive their portion of $154,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.