Essay contest for county students...Voice of Democracy winners named

SHOWING THEIR Patriot Pen awards following the VFW Post #5872’s Voice of Democracy essay program, are (l to r) 1st place, Summer Settlemyer; 2nd place, Danielle Frost; and 3rd place, Karyn Lynn Williams.

Wilbur H. Bailey VFWPost #5872 held their Annual Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay contest on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Teague Community Center. Roger Brooke, Post Commander and Charles Morgan, Junior Vice Commander, conducted the event. Each year children in Freestone County schools compete with essays about patriotism in America. This year?s theme was, ?My Responsibility To America.?

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to students in grades 9-12 and each year approximately 40,000 students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. The 2017 overall winners of the Voice of Democracy in Freestone County were: 1st place, Samantha Lee, 9th grade ($250); 2nd place, Brent Martinez, 12th grade ($150); and Emma Gentry, 9th grade ($100); all from Wortham High School.

In the Patriot Pen the 2017 winners were: 1st place, Summer Settlemyer, 8th grade at Wortham Junior High School ($100); 2nd place, Danielle Presley Frost, 6th grade ($75); and Karyn Lynn Williams, 6th grade ($50); both from Teague Junior High School.

The individual school winners, in the Patriot Pen contest were: Teague Junior High School: 1st place, Danielle Presley Frost; 2nd place, Karyn Lynn Williams, 6th grade; and Sephra Brown, 6th grade. Wortham Junior High School winners were: 1st place, Summer Settlemyer, 8th grade; 2nd place, Lanicole Michelle Bulcher, 8th grade; and Reagan Avery Stuver, 8th grade.

Following the program a mix and mingle took place with Subway Sandwiches, trimmings and dessert.

VFW Post #5872 would like to thank Brookshire Bros., Subway, Jayce Teer, Vonda Brooke and the City of Teague for their contributions to the Voice of Democracy/Patriot Pen event.

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