The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 has announced winners of its local scholarship programs.
The Voice of Democracy scholarship program is a national program designed to allow students in grades nine through 12 voice their opinion on their responsibilities to the nation. This year's theme was "My Commitment to America's Future."
Ramon Baker of Nikiski High School was the overall first-place winner. She will receive $1,000, as well as $100 for placing first in her school. Her entry also has been forwarded to the next round of competition at the state level, where the first-place winner will receive another $1,000, plus a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national competition in March.
Paul Morin, also of Nikiski High School, placed second overall, winning $500, plus $75 for taking second-place at his school.
Amber Hall was awarded $100 as the overall first-place winner among home-school students.
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary also recently sponsored the 2003 Patriot's Pen Program for younger students. Students submitted a 300 to 400 word essay on this year's theme, "My Dream for America."
Michael Bruxvoort, a student at Aurora Borealis Charter School, won first place for the area, receiving $300, plus $75 as his school's first-place winner. His essay was forwarded to the state-level competition, where he will compete for one of three U.S. savings bonds and the chance to move on to the national level of judging.
Tristin Rutherford of Nikiski Middle-Senior High School placed second overall, winning $150, as well as $75 as her school's first-place winner.
Marisa Kauffman of Aurora Borealis and Matthew Thompson of Nikiski Middle-Senior High each placed second at their schools, winning $50. Maya Chay of Aurora Borealis and Sarah Ralston of Nikiski Middle-Senior High placed third at their schools, winning $25. Cristy Matthews placed first in the home-school category, winning $75.
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