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Manchester Student Takes Third in VFW National Competition

WASHINGTON (March 5, 2019) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce Andrew Dodd, a senior at Manchester Township High School in Manchester, N.J., has been named third-place national winner and recipient of the $10,000 VFW Scholarship award in its 2018-19 Voice of Democracy scholarship program.

The announcement was made during the Parade of Winners ceremony at the 2019 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. VFW Post 10061, located in Lakehurst, N.J., sponsored Andrew. Andrew is pictured here with the state winner plaque presented to him at an earlier date.

Andrew with the state winner plaque

"The VFW has supported and nurtured the Voice of Democracy program for more than 70 years," explained VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence, "because we understand the vital role students like Andrew play in helping ensure a strong, patriotic future for our nation."

Open to eligible ninth-12th-grade students, the VFW's annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay program requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute script on a democratic, patriotic theme. This year more than 40,000 high school students from across the world reflected on the theme "Why My Vote Matters," with national finalists competing for their share of $154,000 in scholarships and awards.

Learn more about the Voice of Democracy program here.