Free Money: The Winners of the Voice of Democracy

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.

High School:

First Place: Madison Welstead

Second Place: Jack Condon

Third Place: Kayleen Conklin

Middle School:

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.