Three Wakonda seniors win audio essay contest by Tyler Knudson Wakonda seniors participated in the National Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest. Andrea Gregoire received first place, Kayla Nielsen, second and Andrew Peterson, third. Gregoire will advance to district competition.
The three winners also received monetary prizes of $75, $65 and $50 respectively.
The contest was open to all Clay County students in grades 9-12. The Clay Country Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary sponsor this annual contest.
This year's theme was "Freedom's Obligation." The essay is an audio essay that must be three to five minutes long. Students participating in the essay had to record the essay on a tape cassette.
Up to $141,500 is available in scholarships. The state level offers $1,000 and the national level offers $25,000.
Mrs. Huber, English teacher, required all seniors to participate in the contest.
"It is a great way to get the students thinking about what freedom means and to gain appreciation for those that have fought to give us those freedoms," she said.