Brittany Preller, Milbank High School senior, won first place in the local 2017 Voice of Democracy essay contest. The competition has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars premier scholarship program since 1947. This year’s theme is American History: Our Hope for the Future.
Preller continues on to compete in the district contest and, if successful there, to the state level. The state winner receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.
In the local Patriot’s Pen contest, Korbin Leddy won first place, Savannah Stengel took second, and Hattie Muellenbach was third. All three are eighth grade students at Milbank Middle School. The nationwide Patriot’s Pen contest is also sponsored by the Milbank VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, including home-schooled students. Students submitted essays on this year’s theme America’s Gift to My Generation.
Leddy goes on to the district competition, and possibly to the state contest. The state winner receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. Sharon Wellnitz of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary presented the awards.
The Voice of Democracy winner, Brittany Preller, receiving her award from Sharon Wellnitz of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Patriot’s Pen winners: (l. to r.) Korbin Leddy, Sharon Wellnitz of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and Hattie Mullenbach.