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VFW ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 NATIONAL VOICE OF DEMOCRACY AND PATRIOT’S PEN ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

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The winners of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary sponsored Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition and the Patriot’s Pen essay competition were announced late yesterday afternoon during the 2013 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Voice of Democracy program celebrated its 66th year with this year’s theme, “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” The first-place winner, Danielle Hayes, sponsored by VFW Post 1205 and Ladies Auxiliary in San Francisco, Calif., received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she was presented with the T.C. Selman Memorial Scholarship Award in the amount of $30,000. The second-place winner, Haley DeAndrea, sponsored by VFW Post 3182 and Ladies Auxiliary in North Bend, Ore., received the $16,000 Charles Kuralt Memorial Scholarship Award. The third-place winner, Sarah Hartland, sponsored by VFW Post 4042 and Ladies Auxiliary in Bigfork, Mont., received the $10,000 VFW Scholarship Award. All other state winners received at least a $1,000 college scholarship. Nearly 40,000 students participated in this year’s competition.  

Read Danielle Hayes’ award-winning essay 
Watch Danielle deliver her essay on-demand at vfw.org 
See list of all winners

The Patriot's Pen program is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to express their opinions on democracy based on an annual theme, this year’s being, “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” The first-place winner, Mariessa McKenna, sponsored by VFW Post 8065 and Ladies Auxiliary in Bowie, Md., received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she received a $5,000 award. The second-place winner, Kirstee Dunlap, sponsored by VFW Post 9170 and Ladies Auxiliary out of Beeville, Texas, will receive a $4,000 award. The third-place winner, Celia Dekeyser, sponsored by VFW Post 2245 in Grayslake, Ill., will receive a $3,500 award. A total of 104,000 students participated in this year’s competition.  

Read Mariessa McKenna’s award-winning essay
Watch Mariessa deliver her essay on-demand at vfw.org  
See list of all winners

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