The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2375 of Kingsville Texas recently announced the post winners of the 2019-20 Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen youth scholarship essay, “What Makes America Great.”

The Voice of Democracy audio-essay youth scholarship winner is Madison A. Parr, an H.M. King High School senior. Parr is the daughter of Ryan and Denise Parr of Kingsville. Parr will be attending Texas A&M University-College Station upon her 2020 high school graduation. Her essay was one of four Post level audio-essays submitted by H.M. King High School students. 

Her Voice of Democracy audio-essay will compete at the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars District 6 level along with other Texas VFW District 6 scholarship winners.

“I am extremely proud to have been selected for the VFW Voice of Democracy audio-essay scholarship,” Parr said. “This is especially meaningful for me and my family as my father is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.”

When she was notified her daughter was  the VFW Post 2375 Voice of Democracy audio-essay youth scholarship winner, Denise Parr said, “We are proud that Madison expressed herself on this particular topic and was selected to continue with this process.”

The Patriot’s Pen essay program has fostered patriotism by allowing students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to examine “What Makes America Great” through their own experiences. 

The 2019-20 Patriot’s Pen essay winner is Ryan G. Zavala, an eighth grade student of Lewis and Clark Middle school in Nebraska. Ryan is the son of U.S. Navy Chief Joel and Mrs. Brigette Ramirez. While currently stationed in Nebraska, their home of record is Kingsville, Texas. Ryan’s Patriot’s Pen essay will also compete at the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars District 6 level along with other Texas VFW District 6 scholarship winners.

“I was excited to hear my essay was chosen and can’t wait to see how far it goes,” Ryan said.

Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen winners have an opportunity to advance to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

State and National level. Voice of Democracy audio­ essay will compete with nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country to win their share of more than $1.9 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest draws more than 100,000 students in grades 6-8, with a chance to win more than $900,000 in state and national awards.

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