The winners were recognized and honored at a luncheon with their families, where they read their essays. The winners in the Voice of Democracy category were Noah Johnson-1st place, Lindsey Leljedal-2nd, and Hannah Tavani-3rd place. Winners in the Patriot’s Pen category were Trinity McEwen-1st place (St. Agnes), Hannah Ryck-2nd place, and Olivia Sparbanie-3rd place. Students who participate have the opportunity to be awarded at the post level, district level, state and national levels. This year the VFW gave prizes totaling $1,800.