WATCHUNG – Two students from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Watchung have been honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars for their submissions to the organization’s annual Voice of Democracy contest. Sophomore Kelly O’Connor of Westfield was selected as the first place winner in Somerset County. She and sophomore Tashanique Brown of North Brunswick earned second and third places respectively for VFW Post 10122 in Scotch Plains.
Voice of Democracy is a unique contest that requires students submit audio recordings of their essays in addition to the written essays themselves. Submissions are judged based on the quality of the written piece, the strength of the overall message, and the impact of the student’s presentation. Each year, the VFW selects a patriotic theme for students to contemplate. This year’s theme was “Is there pride in serving our nation’s military?” The students created their essays and recordings as part of their honors course work in American History.
Mount Saint Mary Academy is a Catholic, independent school that provides college preparatory education for young women in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1908 as a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy, the Mount remains committed to challenging each student to develop her fullest potential in a Christian atmosphere of love and caring.
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