Voice of Democracy and Patriot's Pen Winners

Two students from the Kickapoo School District will represent this area when the state judging in the Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy is held.

VFW Post 2267 and the Auxiliary of Richland Center sponsor the local contests and are proud to be able to congratulate both young ladies whose work earned them a first place finish at the district level. The district winner in the Patriot's Pen contest is Emily Hall of Yuba who is an 8th grader at Kickapoo. The district winner in the Voice of Democracy contest is Audrey Bass of Viola, a freshman at Kickapoo High School.

The Patriot's Pen consists of four levels. The first level entry is sponsored by local VFW Posts. Post winners advance, one for every 15 entries, to the VFW District level where the one first-place winner, in this case Emily Hall, is advanced to the VFW Department or state level. The one first-place winner at the Department level is then advanced into the VFW national competition. The winner from each Department or state then competes for the national prizes. Patriot’s Pen is open to 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in public, private or parochial schools in the U.S., its territories or its possessions and home-schooled students also are eligible.

Established in 1947, 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. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. The theme this year was My Responsibility to America. Audrey Bass's audio essay will advance to the state and if it would win, Audrey would have a chance at the first place $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 or state wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Emily Hall and Audrey Bass for work well done in this year's Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy contests.