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Zieman earns fifth at national Voice of Democracy competition

Kallie Zieman, a senior at Jefferson High School in Alexandria, received the fifth place national award and scholarship in the Voice of Democracy national competition. It was held March 2-6 at the 2014 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

Zieman, the Minnesota state champion and daughter of Bryce and Julia Zieman of Alexandria, was one of 54 state and international Voice of Democracy champions representing the U.S., Europe, Pacific Islands and Puerto Rico.

The competitors spent March 2-6 in Washington, D.C. as guests of the national VFW program. At the March 2 awards banquet, Zieman was announced as one of the top five in the nation for her audio broadcast on this year’s national theme, “Why I Am Optimistic about Our Nation’s Future.”

The remaining top five award winners included state champions from Illinois, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.

Zieman began her journey by winning the Voice of Democracy titles for Alexandria Post 936, the fifth district, and the state of Minnesota in January.

In addition to her state and national scholarships, she received the all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., as well as an all-expense paid trip to Valley Forge and Philadelphia in June for leadership training.

Zieman will apply the scholarship to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities this fall, where she plans to major in history and U.S. national intelligence.

The National Voice of Democracy celebrated its 67th year as a scholarship program and awarded more than $152,000 in scholarships to the national student competitors at the March 2 awards program. More than 40,000 high school students competed nationally in this year’s Voice of Democracy.