Daniel Hand High School is proud to announce that the winner for the local VFW District #2 Competition of the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest is Molly Zalman, daughter of Joe and Val Zalman. Molly is currently a Junior in the graduating class of 2015. Her recorded essay, completed in Mr. Coppola's American Government and Civics class, is based on the question "Why I'm optimistic about my nation's future". The essay and recording was reviewed independently by three judges and declared 1st Place overall.
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme was, Why are you optimistic about our nation’s future? Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.
Held in early December at VFW Post 1943 in Naugatuck, Madison's VFW Post #2096 sponsored Ms. Zalman's entry in the District #2 contest. As the winner of the local District #2 competition, Molly will be awarded a local scholarship prize and will now advance to the state competition, where one District winner will be selected. State winners are then invited to Washington, D.C where their essays compete in the finals competition.
Daniel Hand High School would like to congratulate Molly on her outstanding accomplishment!