To the Editor:

The Oakville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7330 and its Auxiliary are proud to announce the First Place State of Connecticut winner of the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy Essay Contest is Emalyn Osborne of Watertown. 

The theme was “America: Where do we go from here?” Emalyn’s speech has now been entered in the National competition where she has the possibility of winning the top scholarship of $30,000.

Emalyn is a very active senior at Watertown High School. She is the captain of the tennis team, president of the Leo Club, president of the World Language Honor Society, a senior class officer, secretary of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, Best Buddies, Interact Club, Model United Nations Club, and a member of the cast of WHS spring musicals. She is the daughter of Kristy and William Osborne of Watertown.

Here is an excerpt from Emalyn’s winning speech:

“It can be said that yesterday’s people are today’s heroes, as everything from our past has evidently shaped the society we know today. America must continue to remember the experiences and sacrifices of these inspirational people. From their successes, we can be reminded to push forward amidst the hardships and obstacles that come in our way. But heroes are not solely people from history; they’re born everyday. Take, for example, the young patriots who are just beginning to learn the Pledge of Allegiance. Their patriotic hearts are open and their potential to one day influence America is abundant. As I prepare to go off to college, there are people in my grade planning to devote their lives to our country. At just 18 years old, they plan to put on the uniform that stands between the gap of an enemy threat and civilian life. Despite the negativity that plagues the headlines of America, our strong spirit has endured, and our country has proven to remain worth fighting for. Today’s people will become tomorrow’s heroes.”

Oakville VFW Post 7330 Commander Mike Minervino and Auxiliary President Brenda DiFederico congratulate Emalyn Osborne on her winning entry.


Phyllis Schaar

Auxiliary Secretary/Treasurer


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