Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 764, McMurray, and VFW District 24, Washington and Greene counties, celebrated and honored the patriotism of the region’s high school students during the two organizations’ annual Voice of Democracy awards ceremonies. Juliette Langley, a 10th-grader at Peters Township High School, earned first place in the VFW Post 764 competition, then advanced and won first place in the VFW District 24 competition. Juliette then competed as a finalist at the state level and was awarded sixth place. The Voice of Democracy program encourages high school students across the state to compete in an essay and speech contest based on a patriotic theme. The theme for 2017-18 was “American History: Our Hope for the Future.” Voice of Democracy second and third place winners at the local VFW Post 764 level were Makenna Marino and Morgan Byers, both of Peters Township. Created in 1947, the Voice of Democracy scholarship program is an audio-essay contest for high school students in grades 9 through 12 that annually provides more than $3 million in scholarships. Pictured is Juliette Langley with representatives of VFW District 24.