VFW Post 8469 is proud to announce the winners of its Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen competition for 2017.
Voice of Democracy. Established by the VFW 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 the competition at the post level. This year’ s winners for our post are:
3rd Place, Thomas Cohen
2nd Place, Anastasia Carvalhais
1st Place Cecilia Klimon
All three are students at Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax Virginia. The award was presented by Mike Semenec, the Post Adjutant.
Patriot’s Pen. This essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest, also at the post level. This year’s winner is Gabrielle Walrath from Rachel Carson Middle School. The award was presented by Joe Christadore, the Post’s Senior Vice Commander.