Palm Coast's Faith Hannah Lea was one of more than 28,000 students who entered the contest.
by: Randi K. Law
Communications Manager, Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Veterans of Foreign Wars announced that Faith Hannah Lea, a senior home school student in Palm Coast, Florida, has been named second place national winner and recipient of the $16,000 Charles Kuralt Memorial Scholarship award in its 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy scholarship program.
The announcement was made during the first-ever virtual Parade of Winners ceremony hosted live on Facebook on April 1. VFW Post 8696 and its Auxiliary, located in Palm Coast, Florida, sponsored Lea.
“Despite the challenges the pandemic presented, we weren’t going to let it stop us from celebrating this momentous occasion,” said VFW National Commander Hal Roesch. “Tonight the VFW was proud to present our nation’s best and brightest students with more than $208,000 in scholarship and awards, making a grand total of nearly $2.7 presented at the national, state and local levels of our competitions.”
Open to eligible high school students in grades 9 through 12, the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay program requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute script on a democratic, patriotic theme. This year more than 28,280 high school students from across the world reflected on the theme “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?” with 52 state finalists competing at the national level for their share of $154,000 in scholarships and awards.
Learn more about the Voice of Democracy program here.