VFW Post Commander Roger Anaya hands Andrew Hollis the 3rd place state certificate and a $500 check from the Department of New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary as VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Gilda Kave, left, and Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen Chairperson/VFW Ladies Auxiliary Gina Smith look on. Smith also presented Hollis with a certificate and $150 from VFW Post 8874 and Ladies Auxiliary. Courtesy photo
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 has announced the 2014 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen post winners. This year’s Patriot’s Pen winner was 7th grader Sophie Sims, Los Alamos Middle School. The winner of the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest was senior Andrew Hollis, home-schooled. Both post winners received a certificate and a check for $150 from the VFW and the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 8874.
Hollis’s essay placed 3rd at the state competition and was awarded a certificate and a check for $500 from the Department of New Mexico Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Ladies Auxiliary.
The Patriot’s Pen is an annual nationwide contest open to 6th– 8th grade students enrolled in public, private, parochial or home-school. This VFW sponsored youth essay competition gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on democracy. Students draft a 300-400 word essay based on the annual patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year’s theme was: “What Patriotism Means to me.”
The Voice of Democracy (VOD) is an annual nationwide scholarship program. It began in 1946 and annually provides more than $2.3 million in scholarships. The VOD is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9-12. It is designed to foster patriotism by allowing students the opportunity to voice their opinion in a three-to-five minute essay based on an annual theme. This year’s theme was: “Why I’m Optimistic About our Nation’s Future.”
“Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 would like to thank all students who participated in these two great programs and would like to congratulate the post winners, Sophie Sims and Andrew Hollis for their wonderful essays. We encourage all local students to participate in next year’s Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests,” said Post Commander Roger Anaya of the John D Gamble Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874.