VFW Voice Winners

The Voice of Democracy Speech Contest is an annual nationwide contest put on every year by the VFW. For the contest, high school students from around the nation write and record speech’s on a specific topic and compete for various scholarships and prize money. The speech’s must be 3 to 5 minutes in length and are judged on certain criteria. The speech’s are recorded at school and then submitted to local VFW’s to be judged. From the local VFW’s winners are chosen and then the winners move onto the district versus other area schools. If a speech wins at district it moves onto the state level and if it wins there the state winner moves to the national finals in which they travel to Washington DC and take part in the national finals. This year students from Oak Glen wrote essays and recorded speeches on the topic “Why My Vote Matters” for the contest. The winners from the Chester VFW are Oak Glen juniors Caleb Minger (1st place) who won $500, Adriana Rollyson (2nd place) who won $250, and Alyssa Russell (3rd place) who won $100. Pictured (from left) Adam Howell, Oak Glen Teacher; Lester “Chick” Skinner, New Cumberland VFW Post 3526 Auxiliary President; Alyssa Russell, 3rd place, $100; Adriana Rollyson, 2nd place, $250; Caleb Minger (1st place, $500; Bill Ross, New Cumberland VFW Post 3526 Commander; and David Smith, Oak Glen Principal. (Submitted photo)