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'Voice of Democracy' scholarship winners announced

Suzie will receive a certificate and $100 cash prize, and her essay will represent Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary at the district level.

From left, Megan Klumper; Avril Ty Suzie, who earned first place in the "Voice of Democracy" competition; Hailey Moser, who took third place in the "Patriot's Pen" contest; Brynn Bakken, who earned second place in the "Patriot's Pen" competition; Lydia Scruggs; Gina Newman and Robert Newman celebrate the winners of the Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary contests.
From left, Megan Klumper; Avril Ty Suzie, who earned first place in the "Voice of Democracy" competition; Hailey Moser, who took third place in the "Patriot's Pen" contest; Brynn Bakken, who earned second place in the "Patriot's Pen" competition; Lydia Scruggs; Gina Newman and Robert Newman celebrate the winners of the Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary contests.
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WILMONT — The Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary announced recently that Avril Ty Suzie, who attends Hills-Beaver Creek High School, earned first place in the “Voice of Democracy-Why Is The Veteran Important?” patriotic audio essay competition.

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Suzie will receive a certificate and $100 cash prize, and her essay will represent Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary at the district level.

Second place went to Claire Hoffman from Adrian High School, who will receive $75, and third place went to Kelli Renneke from Fulda High School, who will receive $50.

The National Association of Broadcasters started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947, and the VFW assumed responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition annually and VFW awards more than $2.1 million in scholarships every year.

Kelli Renneke from Fulda High School, center, earned third place in the “Voice of Democracy-Why Is The Veteran Important?” patriotic audio essay competition recently. She is pictured with teacher Aaron Cheadle, left, and Linda Beerman, right, representing the Pacholl Moser VFW Post 2603.
Kelli Renneke from Fulda High School, center, earned third place in the “Voice of Democracy-Why Is The Veteran Important?” patriotic audio essay competition recently. She is pictured with teacher Aaron Cheadle, left, and Linda Beerman, right, representing the Pacholl Moser VFW Post 2603.
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The Wilmont VFW and VFW Auxiliary received entries from Adrian, Hills-Beaver Creek, Fulda, and Worthington schools, and thanked everyone participating and supporting the program, noting that submitted entries were "thoughtful, heartfelt and patriotic."

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Claire Hoffman, third from left, earned second place in the “Voice of Democracy-Why Is The Veteran Important?” patriotic audio essay competition recently. She is pictured with, from left, Sean Kallevig and Cate Koehne, along with Carolyn Penning, Roxanne and Jim Kremer representing Pacholl Moser VFW Post 2603, Wilmont.
Claire Hoffman, third from left, earned second place in the “Voice of Democracy-Why Is The Veteran Important?” patriotic audio essay competition recently. She is pictured with, from left, Sean Kallevig and Cate Koehne, along with Carolyn Penning, Roxanne and Jim Kremer representing Pacholl Moser VFW Post 2603, Wilmont.
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