2017 Voice of Democracy Contest

“We as Americans are our hope for the future, and we are the ones who decide how we control it,” concluded first-place winner of the Voice of Democracy essay contest, Alexis Derrer.  Each year the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) challenges seniors to a writing contest with this year’s theme being an inquiry about how students see the future: “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”  Derrer reflected on the many appreciations she learned from a mission trip she served in Belize. Capturing second place, Zakary Washburn hopes his future America will participate in more philanthropic activities, starting with himself: “My hope for the future is [to improve] my level of service and to have the community follow in my footsteps….” Winning third-place, Lexi Niepoth, envisions a future that that balances the country in beliefs and opinions: “I am hopeful that tomorrow’s America will be able to blend black and white together to balance the country and society into one.” Thank you to the veterans for their service and to the VFW Torch Post 6985 in Central Lake for helping to sponsor this contest.

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