By: Luke Updyke/Photojournalist
Since 1947, the VFW has been hosting a Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest for both middle and high school students. According to the VFW’s website, almost 40,000 students participate in the event to try and win, “$2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.” This year’s winners have just been announced and can be found below.
First Place: Madison Welstead
Second Place: Jack Condon
Third Place: Kayleen Conklin
First Place: Isabelle Edwards
Second Place: Kaila Blaisure
Third Place: Rachel Upright
Luke Updyke is a senior at Blue Ridge High School and strives to do something new every single day. He enjoys creating music and pushes himself to do the best he can in all he does.