Dakota Valley Senior, Keaten Wright is this year’s winner of local VFW Post 915 Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay. VFW Post 915 Commander Matthew Dosdall and VFW Post 915 Auxiliary President Sarah Dosdall presented Keaten with $50 and an Award Citation. Wright’s essay will now move to the district level.
Established in 1947, Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 57,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.
The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships ranges from $1,000-$15,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.