(Beaver Dam) Sadie DeVries and Weston Fields, students at Beaver Dam High School, were named the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1163 first and second place winners and recipients of the 2021 Voice of Democracy Scholarship contest. Pictured are Curt Gruenewald, Contest Chair; Sadie DeVries First Place; Weston Fields Second Place; Ty Letto, Post Commander. Missing from photo are: Third Place Winners Cassandra Luedtke and Abigail Davidson.
“The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school students with the opportunity to speak out on freedom and democracy,” says VFW Commander Ty Letto. “The program has been popular and successful since its beginning in 1947, and we’re proud to keep offering it to BDHS students.”
The Voice of Democracy is a worldwide audio-essay competition that requires entrants to write and record a three-to-five minute essay on a patriotic-based theme.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) started the Voice of Democracy Scholarship program in 1947. The VFW became a national sponsor in the late 1950s and assumed sole responsibility for the program in 1961. The competition was created to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regard to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the competition each year and VFW awards more than $2.1 million in scholarships every year.