West Jeff students excel in VFW’s ‘Voice of Democracy’ contest

Evelyn Clark (far left), West Jefferson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005 Auxiliary representative, congratulates West Jefferson High School’s “Voice of Democracy” essay contest winners: Calista Wallace, Tyler Masters, Nicholas McGlothlin and Bailey Adkins.

(Posted Jan. 28, 2020)

West Jefferson High School students fared well in the Voice of Democracy essay contest, a scholarship program sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

English and government teachers encourage students to participate in the contest which is open to high school juniors and seniors. This year’s essay topic was “What Makes America Great.”

West Jefferson VFW Post 7005 sponsored the contest at West Jefferson High School. The winners include: Calista Wallace and Nicholas McGlothlin, tied for first place; Tyler Masters, second place; and Bailey Adkins, third place.

The VFW submitted the local winning essays to VFW District 11. From all of the submissions from across the district, 15 students are chosen for district-level awards. Those winners are invited to a recognition banquet. All four of West Jefferson’s students were invited to the banquet.

At the district level, Masters placed first, earning a $1,500 scholarship. Wallace placed third ($750), McGlothlin placed fourth ($500), and Adkins earned honorable mention ($100).
The essay Masters wrote has been entered for competition at the state level.

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