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The Lisbon VFW Post announces the three winners in the yearly Voice of Democracy speech competition which it sponsors. 1 st place winner is Granger Dick, 2 nd place winner is Weshawn Jackson, and 3 rd place winner is Sheyenne Waletzko. The first place winning speech will now go on to the district level. The Lisbon VFW has sponsored this national program for many years. Ginger Louden, teacher/librarian at the Lisbon High School helps coordinate the program which is open to all 9th-12th grade students.

The Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program since 1947. It is a national competition with approximately 57,000 participants each year. Students compete by writing and recording a 3-5 minute audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” Prizes are awarded at the local, district, state, and national levels.
The pictures were done individually this year because of the virus. The VFW Commander, James Bearfield, works with Mrs. Louden in making sure the students are notified and receive their money. He and Mrs. Louden opted out of the picture this year but congratulate the kids on their achievement. They would also like to thank all who participated in this year’s Voice of Democracy program.