The Veterans of Foreign Wars host a yearly competition for students 9-12th grade called “The Voice of Democracy”. Students must submit a written and recorded audio essay. This year’s theme was “My Vision for America”. Over 2,500 students entered the competition from all over the state. Students competed against other students in the city to win the VFW post winner. The Lytle VFW post #12041 winner was Brianna McDonald.
Brianna went on to compete in the area level, which included San Antonio and surrounding areas. The student’s efforts were judged by UTSA professors and a winner was chosen to go to the state competition. The winner of the area competition was Brianna McDonald, advancing her to the next level of the competition. Students from all over the state that won the area title advanced to the state level. Those students that qualified for state were judged by a group of University of Texas writing professors, and the top 12 students were decided. Brianna made the final 12 competitors at the state level. Each contestant was guaranteed to receive a VFW scholarship that would range from $2,000 to $12,000. It was very exciting for these students to be chosen as the top 12 in the state.
All 12 students met in Austin and were treated to a wonderful weekend full of activities. They toured Austin all day Friday traveling to the Texas State Cemetery, Bob Bullock Museum, LBJ library, and the state capital to name a few of the venues on the tour. The students were treated to a formal banquet Saturday night to award and celebrate the state finalists. Veterans, sponsors, and VFW members from all over the state attended to honor the 12 finalists. The VFW “Voice of Democracy” third place winner in the state was Brianna McDonald. She was awarded a $6500 Scholarship, and was the first contestant to make it to the state level for the “Voice of Democracy” competition from our region which includes the Lytle VFW post.
This is a huge accomplishment, and we congratulate Brianna for representing Lytle and the surrounding areas at this state competition.