More than 40,000 high school students from across the country entered contest
Joliet Central High School sophomores Emma Goode, Grace Quijano and Sergio Jimenez were recently awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy educational awards through their participation in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. Sophomores Makenzie Harris and Marcos Singletary also submitted pieces to the competition.
More than 40,000 high school students from across the country entered to win a share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW.
Goode was awarded first place with a prize of $100. Quijano was awarded second place with a $50 prize and Jimenez took third, receiving $25. Joliet Central Class of 1949 alumnus Robert Gutierrez of Post 21299 Stone City Joliet presented the award to the recipients.
Contest guidelines required that each speech be 3-5 minutes in length and be based upon the theme, “My Vision for America.”
English teacher Lynn Price assisted the students in proofreading and editing their speeches.
“I am so very proud of these students,” Price said. “They are very involved in other Joliet Township activities, and I appreciate them giving up their time to participate with this contest. They are a credit to themselves, their families, and our Joliet Township family.”
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.