RADFORD – Three Radford High School students have been honored by the Radford Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 776 for their participation in the VFW’s national Voice of Democracy essay contest.
Belle Calfee won first place, Dawson Martin won second place and Gana Ghoneim won third place. The 2023-24 theme was “What Are the Greatest Attributes of Our Democracy?”
“Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay,” according to the VFW. “Each year, nearly 25,000 ninth through 12th grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $1 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 at least a scholarship of $1,000.