Central student in running for national Voice of Democracy essay competition

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District 6 Commander Jorg Druesicke with QM/VOD Chair for 8214 with Elizabeth Lavoie, Voice of Democracy winner for Post 8214, District 6 and the state of NH. Elizabeth Lavoie who will be representing NH in the national competition in Washington, DC, and could win up to $30,000 in scholarship money.
Elizabeth Lavoie, right, is New Hampshire’s Voice of Democracy essay competition winner sponsored by Post 8214, Elizabeth will be representing NH in the national competition in Washington, D.C., with District 6 Commander Jorg Druesicke and QM/VOD Chair Rose Connor-Allard.

MANCHESTER, NH — Central High School’s Elizabeth Lavoie’s stirring essay has been chosen as the state’s top essay in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy essay competition.

Students across the country recorded audio-essays on “Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation’s History and Future,” for the annual VFW Voice of Democracy essay competition.  Elizabeth’s entry is now in the running for the grand prize of a $30,000 college scholarship.

Elizabeth was honored at a banquet on Saturday, January 21, at the Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, NH.  Her five minute speech on “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future” was received to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.  Liz will now compete on the national level, with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC.  In addition, she will participate in a conference at Gettysburg, PA later in the spring as a guest of the VFW.

She joins several other Central High School VOD winners, current and past, who have been singled out for this honor.  She is sponsored by Manchester’s VFW Post 8214.

The grand-prize winner will be announced on Monday, March 2, at the VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Tune in at 6 p.m. (ET) for a live stream of the Parade of Winners at vfw.org/legislativeconference.

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