Miss Leanna Long of Chapel Hill won the post’s annual Voice of Democracy Competition this year and represented the post in district competition. Miss Long is a student at East Chapel Hill High School and is also a member of the Chapel Hill High School Marching Band.
Miss Long is no stranger to Veterans of Foreign Wars competition, as she was the First Place winner for Patriot’s Pen in 2011-12. She went on to win district recognition and moved on to state competition where she won Second Place.
Knowing that a democratic society needs nurturing, the VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000- $16,000 and the first-place winner from each (State) VFW Department wins an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
Chapel Hill’s Charles Kuralt won this prestigious award as a youth. Learn more and hear Charles Kuralt talk about his winning essay.