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Zieman wins Voice of Democracy

Two students from Jefferson High School in Alexandria recently competed in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Ladies Auxiliary.

Kallie Zieman, junior, and Taylor Score, senior, competed by writing and recording a broadcast script on the patriotic theme "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?"

Zieman won the VFW Post level competition, and Score placed second. Zieman also won the District level competition with 15 region-wide post level champions.

Zieman will advance to the State Voice of Democracy competition in January to be held at the State VFW Midwinter Conference in Minneapolis. She will be one of nine state qualifiers vying for the state title and the chance to represent Minnesota at the National Convention in Washington, D.C.

State winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the nation's leaders and to compete for the top scholarship of $30,000.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW's premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. This annual patriotic competition is open to students in grades 9-12 and is intended to foster patriotism among today's youth.