Jensen, Johnston winners of Voice of Democracy contest by Lindsay Nelson "My Commitment to America's Future" was the theme for the Voice of Democracy essay contest of 2003.
The seniors at Wakonda High School, along with the Vermillion High School participants competed in this year's competition.
Each person was asked to record an oral essay about their individual commitment to America's future. This essay was to be between three and five minutes long when read out loud. Each person recorded it on a cassette tape. The tapes were then sent in to the judges on Nov. 1.
After a long couple weeks of waiting the results made it back to Wakonda. Ray Hofman, Voice of Democracy chairman, and Andy Howe, commander, presented the results to the seniors at Wakonda on Monday, Nov. 17.
Each year they select first, second and third place winners. Out of 43 tapes submitted from Wakonda and Vermillion only 31 made time qualifications. Of those 31 that qualified, two of Wakonda's very own students succeeded and placed in the top three.
Emma Jensen, senior at Wakonda, placed second with her essay followed by her fellow classmate, Nikki Johnston who placed third. First place honors were taken by a Vermillion student.
The first place winner received $75, the second received $65 and the third place winner received $50. All three winners' essays will be sent on to the state level competition due to the increase in entries this year.