Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sussex Memorial Post 7422, Millsboro, sponsored the annual Voice of Democracy essay contest at Sussex Tech. This year’s theme was "Why I’m Optimistic About America’s Future." The contest is sponsored to promote the ideals of democracy and citizenship in Delaware and throughout the country.
Sophomore Zach Varrato of Georgetown was this year’s winner. Second-place winner was Brittany Ritter of Millsboro, and third place was won by Summer Okoye, also of Millsboro.
At the awards presentation are (l-r) VFW Post 7422 Quartermaster Dave Miller, Ritter, Okoye, VFW Post 7422 Commander Atwood Timmons, and history teacher Jamie Carlson. Missing from the group photo is Varrato, shown in a separate photo, who wrote the essay that won the local contest.