Pictured from left to right: School Board member Jason Catalano;
Gabriella Coon, Paxton Middle School; Kaitlyn R Christensen, Freeport Middle School;
Milo D Rasz, Freeport Middle School;Mehgan M Rogers, Walton High School  (not pictured: Jackson V Campbell, Walton High School)

Mr. Wade Wilmoth, Maj USAF (Ret) Commander VFW Post 4437 presented the winners of the Voices of Democracy competition for high school students, and the Patriot's Pen competition for middle school students at the Walton County School Board meeting on Monday night, January 6, in the Tivoli Compex Board Room.

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed, audio-recorded original essay.

The Patriot's Pen Program is a youth essay competition that gives Middle School students an opportunity to enter an essay expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme.

This year's theme for the competitions was
"What Makes America Great"

Congratulations to this year's local winners!

Voice of Democracy
1st. Kaylee M Aplin Paxton High School
2nd Meghan M Rogers. Walton High School
3rd. Jackson V Campbell Walton High School

Patriots Pen
1st. Milo D Rasz. Freeport Middle School
2nd. Gabriella E Coon. Paxton Middle School
3rd. Kaitlyn R Christensen. Freeport Middle School

Patriot's Pen winner

First Place Winner of the Middle School Patriot's Pen Essay Competition is Milo D Rasz;
Mr. Wade Wilmoth, Maj USAF (Ret) Commander VFW Post 4437
Voice of Democracy Winner
Kaylee M Aplin, First Place local winner in Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Competition
Mr. Wade Wilmouth, Maj USAF (ret) Commander VFW Post 4437