Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW. This year 64 Coe-Brown students participated in this annual VFW speech and writing competition. Coordinated through Mr. Daniel Barnhart of the Northwood VFW Post 7217, sophomore students in Mrs. Biery’s English classes submitted their audio and written essays based on this year’s topic “My Responsibility to America.” At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Olivia Farrar with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition. Second and third place winners Taeva Ahern and Alice Ewing also received monetary prizes. Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.