Wakonda produces two winners in VFW's Voice of Democracy contest by Ally Eckert How important do you think veterans are today? Many of this year's senior class answered that very question.
The Voice of Democracy, an audio essay contest held every year, is sponsored by the VFW. It is open to students in grades 9-12.
Every contestant must record a three- to five-minute essay. They are then submitted to the local VFW Post. Each entry is judged on three main points, originality, content, and delivery. Each cassette is labeled so that the judges do not judge on the person but the essay.
Those who win the state level receive $1,000 and move on to the national level to compete for a $25,000 scholarship.
Every senior in English IV entered this contest and two placed. Erin Spurrell and Eric Skonhovd were the winners this year from Wakonda. There was also a winner from Vermillion, who ended up taking first place.
Spurrell took second place with her speech, winning $65. Skonhovd came in third, receiving $50.
Since there were so few entries this year, only 10 altogether in the local Clay county competition, Spurrell and Skonhovd could not advance to the state competition.
Thanks to this program many high school students have come to respect veterans even more.