Coe-Brown Northwood Academy proudly announces the local winners of the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW. 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 “Why My Vote Matters”. At a recent school assembly, Mr. Barnhart presented first place winner Sarah Marsh with a prize of $100 and announced that her entry will be submitted to the next level of competition. Second and third place winners Mary Katherine Pattteson and Jennifer Bettencourt also received monetary prizes. Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.