1st Place, State VFW Voice of Democracy Student Audio-Essay Contest
Laveen homeschooler Annabel Peltzer, 15, was awarded first prize at the Veterans of Foreign Wars state banquet for their annual Voice of Democracy student audio-essay contest. This year’s theme was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Annabel’s speech advanced through three different levels before being chosen the state winner and she earned $2,500 in prize money. She went on to represent Arizona at a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete against 53 other states and U.S. territories. Annabel placed 11th
and was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Over 33,000 essays were submitted.
In June the VFW also sent national winners to Valley Forge, PA for a week-long civics and leadership training with the Freedoms Foundation. The VFW established VOD in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 with the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles.
You can listen to Annabel’s speech online along with the rest of the national winners at VFW.org/VOD
and click “Listen to the winning essay.”