Leon High School Speech Team

Speakers Pick Up Top Spots in VFW Voice of Democracy Contest

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Each fall Leon High School Participates in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW) Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Contest. Students, grades 9-12, compose an essay on an assigned topic and then record their essay that is three to five minutes in length when read aloud. This year judges listened to student audio-essays on the topic "Why I'm Optimistic About Our Nation's Future."


According to the VFW, since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives.


The Jewett VFW Post #3542 has been awarding students from Leon High School for sometime now, and recognized three more students today (November 18, 2013).


  • 1st Place - Daniel Merry
  • 2nd Place - Cody Garcia
  • 3rd Place - Weston Prior


Leon High School submitted more than a dozen quality, student audio-essays to the VFW for judging. Each of the students placing received a scholarship for their participation, and we are sincerely grateful for the opportunity to participate and represent our community. We also encourage other students who were unaware or did not have the time to participate, to take the time next year and complete an entry for Voice of Democracy at http://www.vfw.org/Community/Programs/.


The entry for our first place post winner, Daniel Merry, will be sent to be judged at the district contest by December 15, 2014. We look forward to finding out how our student fares against district competition.