On Feb. 26, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3522, Charles Town, and its Ladies Auxiliary, hosted a luncheon and awards ceremony to honor local Jefferson County students who were this year’s winners of the annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests. Certificates of Merit and cash awards were presented to the students by Commander Todd Kingsbury and Ladies Auxiliary President Tish Von Wald.
The Voice of Democracy contest is a speech contest in which high school students record a three to five minute speech answering the question: Is There Pride in Serving in our Military? This year’s local winners were: First Place – Molly Potter; Second Place – Andrew Scott and Third Place – Jheri Liskey. Potter’s speech was forwarded to compete at the District 4 level where she placed third.
The Patriot’s Pen contest is a 300-400 word essay written by 6th, 7th and 8th grade students answering the question: Are you Proud of Your Country? This year’s local winners were: first place – Hunter Palmer; second place – Mia Holland and third place – David Morgan. Essays submitted by first and second place winners were forwarded to compete at the District 4 level. Palmer won first place and Holland placed third.
Palmer’s essay was forwarded as District 4’s entry to the Department level for judging, competing against eight other VFW District entries in West Virginia. Palmer won first place at the state level and his essay was forwarded as West Virginia’s entry to compete at the national level. Kingsbury announced at the luncheon that Hunter placed 13th in the national competition and will be awarded a $2,000 savings bond.