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  • Southern Fulton School District
Angela Booth

Each year the National VFW Commander names the subject of the essay, which this year was: “What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy”. Voice of Democracy is an oral essay, wherein the students write their speech, then record it orally. The judging is based on the content and delivery of the topic.

Every VFW Post in Pennsylvania is supposed to provide the information to a school, or schools in their area. SFHS being in Fulton County, submits essays to VFW Post 655, which in turn, submits them to VFW District 30. The essays are judged by the District, and their choice of winner is submitted to the State level. The State then selects the essay they deem best. This year that essay was submitted by a SFHS student named Sarah Burrows. 

VFW State Commander David W. “Spike” Gyger and VOD Chairman Thomas “Ace” Hanzes presented Sarah with a jacket denoting her as the Pennsylvania State VOD winner. They also presented her a VFW backpack filled with goodies. In addition, she received a first-place trophy, winner’s certificate and check in the amount of $5000.00. State Auxiliary President Mary Jean Mastridge presented Sarah a certificate and check for $500.00. Ed Stenger presented Sarah a check for $500.00 on behalf of VFW Post 655.

Sarah’s essay was forwarded to the National level to compete with the best in the nation. She and her parents will attend the National Award Ceremony in Washington DC in March along with the Pa.VFW State Commander and Auxiliary President. National awards go up to $35,000.00.

Attending the ceremony in addition to the State VFW representatives and Sarah were Joshua and Mini Burrows (Sarah’s parents), Mrs. Barton (the SFHS teacher who coordinates the program for Post
655), SFHS Principal Mr. Hollinshead, and representatives of VFW District 30, VFW Post 655, VFW Post 655 Auxiliary and The Fulton Honor Guard. About two dozen people attended the event.


  • Southern Fulton School District