DURAND VFW Post 2272 held its annual Voice of Democracy-Patriot Pen luncheon on Sunday, Jan. 13 to recognize the 60 Durand Area Schools students who participated in this year’s essay contests. Fifty-eight Durand High School students competed in the Voice of Democracy essay contest, with each student’s essay following the theme of “Why my vote matters.” The middle school students competed in the Patriot Pen contest, which had a theme of “Why I honor the American flag.”
VFW and Auxiliary members began the celebratory luncheon by presenting awards – certificates for each participating student, and plaques and cash prizes for the 1st- and 2nd-place students – before moving on to lunch: a taco bar prepared by Auxiliary members.
The judges for this year’s Durand VFW Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay contests were Amy Roddy, Barb Foland, Josh Roddy, Keith and Colleen Schultz, and Eric Kirchinger.
Shown with their awards on Jan. 13 are (back row, from left) Hannah Starkey, Gracie Campbell, Madyson Stebbins, Mackenzie Pancheck, Lila Carlson, Cacia Kaupp, Clara Henry and Olivia Ayers, along with (front row, from left) Carli Warren, Kwin Knapp, Aidan Baker and Emily Cooney.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)