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VFW awards scholarships to local essay winners

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WAKE FOREST — Memorial Post 8466 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars named its winners of its Voice of Democracy and its Patriot’s Pen scholarship essay competitions.

The 2019-2020 annual contest ended in November. Essays were themed “What Makes America Great.”

The Voice of Democracy contest is for high school students and the Patriot’s Pen essay is for middle school students.

The first-place Voice of Democracy award was presented to Benjamin McKay at the January monthly membership meeting the post, held Jan. 2. McKay is a senior from King’s Academy Homeschool.

The second- and third-place awards were presented at a ceremony at Wake Forest High School on Jan. 8. Second place was awarded to Benhamin Parham, a Wake Forest High School junior.

Winners were presented with Certificates of Achievement from the VFW, personally engraved Medals and cash awards.

The VFW post submitted four essay entries to the District 9 judging competition. Of those, Parham was chosen as the district winner and sent on to state judging.

Parham was honored at the VFW District meeting in Cary on Jan. 18.

The Patriot’s Pen first-place award was given to Colton B. Wilson, an eighth grade student at Franklin Academy.

Third place went to Symone S. Acevedo-Garcia, also in eighth grade at Franklin Academy. There was no second place winner.

Awards were presented at the Franklin Academy on Jan. 17.