Junior's Essay Wins Voice of Democracy Contest
Byline: Kristie Benedik
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5915 and its Ladies Auxiliary held their Voice of Democracy Awards Luncheon on Feb. 21.
The Voice of Democracy program is an annual essay competition in which students from all over the country compete for a total of $125,000 in National Scholarships. The program, which encourages good citizenship, has benefited the youth of America for more than 50 years.
The 1998-99 theme was "My Service to America." Our local post had 34 entries from Dundee-Crown High School. Dennis Maher, history teacher at the high school, promotes the competition during the fall of each school year.
The Voice of Democracy judges for the Carpentersville VFW listened to the submitted essays recorded on cassette tape. The taped essays were given numbers, and names of winning students were not revealed until the judging was complete.
The 1998-99 Voice of Democracy competition first-place winner for our VFW was Cassandre J. …