by Michael Boyink / [email protected]
Ava HS Junior Grace Key won the Voice of Democracy Essay/Speech Contest from the VFW. She will move on to the state competition to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
According to the VFW website, “The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. The national first place winner receives a $30,000
scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school.”
Sarah Sacco, Ava HS Band Director, won the local, district, and state VFW Smart/Maher VFW Teacher of the Year Award.
Annette Copeland, Ava fourth grade teacher, won the local Ava VFW Post 5993 and VFW District 18 Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for 2019 for the elementary division.
According to the VFW website, “The VFW launched the Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award in 1999 to recognize classroom teachers for promoting citizenship education. Three teachers from each level (grades K-5, 6-8 & 9-12) are selected as national winners. Each national award teacher winner receives the Past Commander-in-Chief John Smart Award and $1,000.”