The winners of the Voice of Democracy essay contest for the three county schools were presented checks for $500 by the VFW Post 655 at the annual banquet held March 28. Pictured above are Post Cmdr. Robert Huffman and past Cmdr. Kay McBeath, along with auxiliary president Joyce Mellott, who presented Southern Fulton High School winner Dakota Ritz, Forbes Road High School winner Alex Bookheimer and McConnellsburg High School winner Amber Peck each a check for $500. Dakota Ritz also received an additional $500 by placing first in the 17th District of the VFW Of PA. Patriots Penn winners who received checks in the amount of $200 were Nick Mason of Southern Fulton and Brock Broadwater and Bohen Henry of Forbes Road.