MASON — The Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason has announced the winners of two post essay contests.
Isaiah Pauley, son of James and Brooke Pauley, of Mason, was chosen as the “Voice of Democracy” winner, while Addisyn Williams, daughter of Cari and Donald Heiney, of Letart, was named winner of the “Patriot’s Pen” competition. Both are students at Wahama High School.
The national V.F.W. established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947. It is open to students in grades 9-12 and gives them the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles, according to the V.F.W. website.
The Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8, and encourages them to examine America’s history and their own experiences. The patriotic theme is chosen each year by the V.F.W. commander-in-chief.
Both Pauley and Williams placed second in the district competition among 14 posts, being edged out of first by less than a point each, according to Ray Varian of the Stewart-Johnson post. Varian presented the students with certificates at the school recently, and invited them to the May Loyalty Dinner, where they will receive plaques and $100 each.
Pauley is a sophomore and is active in track, basketball, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Wahama Quiz Bowl Team. He is also a member of the Souled Out Youth group at Soul Harvest Church.
Williams is an eighth grader and recently moved to the area from North Carolina. Her essay was written on “What Freedom Means to Me.”
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.