Three local high school students were among top finishers at the district level of the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
Taylor High School student Ashley Nguyen took first place in the fifth district competition, Kokomo High School student Max Mohr claimed second and Taylor High School student Daysha Javis came in third.
Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW’s Voice of Democracy competition.
Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide students in grades 9 through 12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
As the VFW Fifth District winner, Nguyen and the eventual state winner will be honored at the VFW State Convention in Indianapolis in June.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000 to $16,000, and the first-place winner from each state VFW department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.