L-W Central & West student winners attend Voice of Democracy VFW banquet
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lincoln-Way student winners from Central and West who recently won top honors in the local New Lenox VFW Post 9545 Voice of Democracy writing contest attended the awards banquet on Sunday, January 11.

The winning essays were written by the following Central high school students: Neva Taylor, Madison Smith, Aaron Pachol, Nathan Chianelli, and Nicole Rote along with West high school students Heather Koska and Hayley Weston.

Over 85 essays were submitted from Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West along with additional high schools in Will County.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) premier scholarship program. Each year more than 100,000 high school students compete for more than $2.5 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. The theme for this years contest was: Why Veterans are Important to our Nations History and Future.

I wrote my essay to reflect that Veterans stand for integrity, honor and sacrifice, thats why they are important to our nations history and future, stated Neva Taylor, first place from Central.

And, we all need to remember their sacrifices, added Taylor.

My grandfather was in the service. I also have a family friend, he is retired from the Army, and I wrote the essay with every veteran in mind. I am definitely not brave enough to do what they do, stated Heather Koska, who won the 1st place award for L-W West.

The banquet was held at the VFW Hall in New Lenox. Attending with the students were Lincoln-Way Central English Department Chair Sandra Rogina and English teacher Lisa Yanule.