SFHS student Anya T. won first place in the VFW Post 9284 Voice of Democracy essay competition! The annual competition provides high school students with the opportunity to express themselves through a recorded essay on the topics of democracy and patriotism.
Anya read her essay at the Elk Grove Village VFW Post on Thursday, December 1, and SFHS English teacher Susan Fairhead attended as the St. Francis High School representative to support and congratulate her. Anya has been participating in the competition since 6th grade when she was at St. Walter School. This year’s theme was “Why is the Veteran Important?”
Voice of Democracy is a national competition facilitated by the VFW with scholarship prizes. Anya's essay will next be submitted to the District competition with those winners announced on January 15. Each year, nearly 25,000 high school students nationwide enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first-place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship and the first-place winner from each state wins a minimum $1,000 scholarship. Good luck and congratulations, Anya!