BCHS Senior, Olivia Lynch, won first place at the local level for her Voice of Democracy Audio Essay and will move on to the state level of competition. Trista Hurst, BCHS junior, also won 2nd place. Both students received $300 cash prize for their accomplishment.
The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. This year's theme is What Makes America Great. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Congratulations Olivia and Trista! Good luck at the next level of competition.
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