Students recognized for VFW essays
A record number of Tonganoxie High students participated in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Competition.
And again this year, local VFW officials had to choose three THS students as the top essay writers.
Jacob McGhee placed third, and Todd Davidson took second as Madison Weller was named this year's top essay writer on Friday.
Weller now will compete in the district competition. Winning at that level would qualify her for the state competition. Qualifying for nationals awards each state's recipient with a $1,000 scholarship. The national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship.
Post No. 9271 Commander Larry Meadows and Ladies Auxiliary president Helene Miller presented the awards to the students, who wrote about "My Commitment to America's Future." Weller received $75, Davidson $50 and McGhee $25.
Students had to write an essay for the contest, but then were required to submit a three-to-five minute audio-essay of this year's theme.
THS counselor Kathy Walker said that can be a tall task for students.
"That's a way to take them out of their comfort zone," Walker said.
The VFW also recognized student Chase Nowak for his contributions to the organization. Nowak has performed "Taps" for many veterans' funerals.