Lincoln-Way students participate in Voice of Democracy essay contest
Friday, November 3, 2017

Lincoln-Way West and Lincoln-Way Central students participated in the “Voice of Democracy” annual essay contest, which is promoted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). This year, the contest asked students to write about American History: Our Hope for the Future. Together students from Lincoln-Way Central and students from Lincoln-Way West submitted almost 300 essays.

There were 13 students chosen to move on to the next round, including three students who also won honors in the essay contest last year: Emily Parker, Elizabeth Ihrke, and Maddie Jones.

The Lincoln-Way West student moving on to the next level is:

Junior: Claire Lunde

The Lincoln-Way Central students chosen to move on to the next level are:

Sophomores: Louis Baser and Carson Cady

Juniors: Gina Arndt, Emily Neitzel, Hannah Kowalkowski, Sarah Ralph, and Isabella Voss

Seniors: Arianna Goodhand, Kylie Kulinski, Emily Parker, Elizabeth Ihrke, and Maddie Jones

"I was surprised but also really excited because I've never won anything for my writing - yet. But I hope the world will get to see more of my writing in the future because I hope to publish more of my writing soon," said senior Arianna Goodhand.

In her essay, student Emily Neitzel wrote about her brother who served in the military, who was shipped to Afghanistan in 2008. "Every day that passes is a mark on history. Those days lead up to today, which is the now, the most important time in your life. You are living; you are inspiring."

Lincoln-Way West winner, Claire Lunde’s essay looked to the next generation for the future of America.

"If mistakes are learned from, they can be prevented from happening in the future. This is why all schools now teach American history to their students. Education of the next generation is for the hope that they will learn from the past and create a better future for all of America…Perfection may be unattainable, but there is always room for improvement."