Joliet Central High School Students Honored for 2016 Voice of Democracy Speeches
November 18, 2016 02:18 PM
Joliet Central High School sophomores Jocelyn Rodriguez-Hernandez, Lauryn Luangsomkham, and Nathaniel Schultz were recently awarded VFW’s Voice of Democracy educational awards through their participation in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition.
More than 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the VFW.
Rodriguez-Hernandez was awarded first place with a prize of $100. Luangsomkham was awarded second place with a $50 prize, and Schultz took third, receiving $25. Joliet Central Class of 1949 alumnus Robert Gutierrez of Post 21299 Stone City Joliet presented the award to the recipients.
Contest guidelines required that each speech be 3-5 minutes in length based upon the theme, “My Responsibility to America.”
English teacher Samantha Manering assisted the students in proofreading, editing and recording their speeches. “My students really embraced this topic and competition. While there were some common themes throughout their work, they all provided unique perspectives on this topic,” said Manering. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity for my students to compete in the Voice of Democracy contest this year and hope that Joliet Central students continue to participate in this program for years to come.”
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program (VOD) in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
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Photo Identification: Samantha Manering, Jocelyn Rodriguez-Hernandez, Robert Gutierrez, Nathaniel Schultz, and Lauryn Luangsomkham.