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Kyle Ward, center, is congratulated by VFW Post Commander Bill Dean, Sam Ray and Dean
Harris, as the Avery Board of Education (rear) looks on.
Photo by Kevin Holden

Originally published: 2013-01-11 15:20:19
Last modified: 2013-01-11 15:20:19

Ward wins county and district in Voice of Democracy contest

Kevin Holden

On Dec. 18, 2012, Avery High School student Kyle Ward was recognized at the Avery County Board of Education meeting for winning first place in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy essay contest.

Ward’s essay was selected as the best from the entries at both the county and district level. His essay will now compete at the state level.

Newland VFW Post Commander Bill Dean and members Sam Ray and Dean Harris presented Ward with $100 in prize money for winning at the county level and $100 for being selected as the District 15 winner.

The VFW Voice of Democracy program is open to students in grades nine to 12. Students compose and record a three- to five-minute essay on an assigned theme. This year’s theme is “Is the Constitution still relevant?”

At the national level, scholarships are awarded that value more than $150,000.