WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington resident Katrina Schell, a sophomore at Lexington Christian Academy, was recently named the first-place winner in the statewide VFW Massachusetts Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program.
Schell, the daughter of Kristi and David Schell, was sponsored by VFW Post 8164 of Tewksbury, which also sponsored the winner of the 2016-17 Massachusetts state contest.
The Voice of Democracy competition provides high school students with the opportunity to speak out on freedom and democracy.
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. This year’s theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Schell’s winning entry was titled “History’s Hope Today.” As one of 54 finalists worldwide, Katrina will travel to Washington, D.C., on March 3 to compete at the national level for the first place prize of a $30,000 college scholarship.
The National Association of Broadcasters 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 in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves relative to democratic ideas and principles. Around 40,000 students participate in the contest each year, and the VFW awards more than $2 million in scholarships every year.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the VFW Massachusetts.)
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