Recently, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hosted their annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay national program. Back in October, the Upper School Debate Team students entered the contest with Post 3903 in Rosenberg. The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program was established in 1947, and it is designed to allow high school students express their thoughts regarding democracy. The VFW nationally receives more than 25,000 entries each year.
The theme for the 2023-2024 contest was what are the greatest attributes of our democracy. The students wrote an essay answering the question and recorded themselves reading it. When it was announced that FBCA won all three scholarships this year, Commander of the VFW Post 3903, Ken Dillon, came in person to FBCA back in December to excitedly share the news!
1st place - Junior Wesley Evans earned a $500 scholarship. 2nd place - Freshman Lucas De Freitas Salim earned a $300 scholarship. 3rd place - Junior Elizabeth Glasper earned a $200 scholarship.
The VFW invited the scholarship winners, their parents and their Debate coach to the Post 3903 monthly meeting on January 8. They presented each recipient with a certificate and the check. After awards and pictures, the winners were invited to stay for dinner and celebratory cake.
"I am overjoyed that our students did so well in this scholarship contest, and I'm excited to look for more opportunities like this one for them to shine. It was a full circle moment for me- my husband (assistant coach) and I competed in the same scholarship contest when we were in debate at Terry HS. We were also local winners, and I remember using that check to purchase my books for school," Upper School Debate Coach, Michelle Walker, said.
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