At the beginning of our Christmas Party, we recognized our top
three Voice of Democracy winners and our First Place Patriot’s Pen
winner. Our Voice of Democracy Winner and our Patriot’s Pen Winner also
won at the District level and are now competing at the State level. Our
Commander, Paul Hamburger, and Auxiliary President, Beth Laderer, presented the
Post awards and Terry Sauls, District 9 Commander, and Wanda Farbe, District 9
Auxiliary President & State Conductress, presented the District awards.
Bernadette Rose Saizan is our Post & District Voice of
Democracy (VOD) winner and is a Senior at Fontainebleau High School.
Diane C. Vaught, a 6th grade student at Mandeville
Middle School, is our Post & District Patriot’s Pen winner
Also recognized were Sean Noel, a Freshman at St Paul’s School,
who won 2nd place in the VOD contest and Seth Walters, a Junior at
Northlake Christian School, who won 3rd place in the VOD
contest. Seth was unable to attend due to illness but his parents
accepted his award.
We enjoyed listening to each of the winners as they read their
essays. The Theme for the VOD contest was “My Responsibility to America”
and the Patriot’s Pen Essay theme was “The America I Believe In”