Student takes top award In Voice of Democracy competition

Tue, 02/12/2008 - 5:21pm
By: The Citizen

A Starr’s Mill High student’s essay and recorded speech outlining her role in honoring America’s veterans has won the 2008 Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Peachtree City, Post 9949.

Meghan O’Donnell took first place in the competition and received a $200 U.S. Savings Bond. As the first place winner, she was automatically entered into the district contest. If she wins, Meghan will advance to the state level where the first place winner receives a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond plus an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national competition.

Olutasin Ajayi, a student at Our Lady of Mercy, took second place and received a $150 U.S. Savings Bond. There was no third place winner this year.

The contest gives students in grades 9-12 attending public, private, parochial or home school an opportunity to express their thoughts on a patriotic theme, allowing them the opportunity to improve both writing and speaking skills while competing for awards. This year’s theme was “My Role in Honoring America’s Veterans.”

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