The Voice of Democracy Contest: Watertown Student Places Second in Contest

Watertown High School sophomore Emalyn Osborne placed second statewide in the annual Voice of Democracy contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

WATERTOWN — Watertown High School sophomore Emalyn Osborne placed second statewide in the annual Voice of Democracy contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Emalyn’s essay was submitted through VFW Post 7330 in Oakville. She was the winner for district five and then advanced to the state competition. The Voice of Democracy contest is a scholarship program sponsored by the VFW. 

High school students write and record an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.

This year’s theme was What Makes America Great. 

As part of her essay, Emalyn wrote: “Our American history is rich, heartwarming, and above all promotes pride and is inspiring to everyday people.”

“Our nation is great because of not only our history, but because we are inspired by our history,” she said. 

WHS Principal Dr. Janet Parlato said “our school community is thrilled when one of our students is recognized positively. We are so proud of Emalyn’s achievement at the state level in this competition.”

Emalyn is the daughter of Kristy and William Osborne of Watertown.

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