Students at Pomperaug High School (PHS) participated in the VFW’s Voices of Democracy contest sponsored locally by the George Newton VFW Post 1607 in Southbury.
Emily Puglisi earned the top spot in the contest at the local level and was the recipient of $1000 from Post 1607. Boen Beavers, Emily Carvalho, Jacob Gordon, and Ryan Sokol were all student participants in the Voices of Democracy program.
“One of the most significant programs we do as a VFW post is the Voices of Democracy audio-essay program at the high school and the Patriot’s Pen essay contest at the middle schools. The purpose of these programs is to encourage personal growth, further develop communication skills, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for America, its history and values,” said Ken Korsu, Commander of VFW Post 1607 in Southbury.
Each year, nearly 40,000 9th through12th grade students from across the country enter the Voice of Democracy program. It is an audio-essay program that provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regard to a democratic and patriotic-topic chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. This year, essays were based on the theme, “What Makes America Great.” Essays were judged at the local level by members of VFW Post 1607.
“We are most appreciative of the local VFW and the support they provide in bringing this program to our students, and the time and commitment they invest in our students each year. We are pleased with the efforts of all this years’ student participants and are continuing to explore opportunities to increase student involvement with this program in the future,” said Dr. Paul Jones, Principal of Pomperaug High School.