Ipswich VFW Post 1093 Announces Justin Flodman Wins 2016 Post Level Voice Of Democracy Contest

Ipswich, MA VFW Post announced today that Triton High School Student Justin Flodman has won the Post’s 2016 Voice of Democracy Contest

Online PR News – 15-December-2016 – Ipswich, MA – The VFW Voice of Democracy contest provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. This years theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief is "My Responsibility to America."

Mr. Flodman's audio essay highlighted his local/civic responsibility and drew on lessons he’s taken from church, scouting, school and part time work. Citing Marha Gelhorn he concluded, "Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it."

Post 1093 Voice of Democracy program chairman Bob Metz commented, "This year's competition was stiff - with many strong entries from Hamilton/Wenham and Triton. In the end, rather than commenting on a hypothetical obligation, Jason's entry spoke very directly about his responsibility and the way he’s embraced it. The committee found it powerful and compelling."

Each year Ipswich VFW Post 1093 solicits entries from area schools including Ipswich, Newburyport, Hamilton Wenham, Triton and Masco as well as St Johns Prep.

Triton teacher Regina Symonds supported Jason's efforts, and Triton High School Principal Timothy Ruggere commented on the award. "I am thrilled that Justin won this award. I am new to Triton this year and do not know Justin. I am pleased that he has taken on being a productive citizen and here at Triton, we work to have our students be active participants in the community and teach them that being part of a community is just as important to their education as the classes they take in school."

Also noteworthy in this years competition was the outstanding participation by students from the Hamilton-Wenham High School class of English teacher Nora Burnett. Seven of Ms. Burnett’s students entered the competition, including Jon Kain who submitted the winning entry from HW High.

As a Post 1093 Voice of Democracy winner Mr Flodman will receive a cash award from the Ipswich VFW, a certificate recognizing his entry, a pin denoting his top selection from among Triton High School entries and a plaque to denote his success at the Post level. A plaque will also be presented to the Triton High School Principal in recognition of the school’s sponsoring the winning entry.

Additionally Mr. Flodman will now compete at the District level, and then perhaps the Department (state) level as he seeks to advance to the National level to compete for more than $2.000,000 in available prize money and recognition.

Mr. Kain will receive a pin denoting his top selection from among the H-W High School entries and Ms. Burnett has been nominated for a VFW Teacher Recognition Award.

Friends, family, faculty, school administrators and media are invited to the Post award ceremony which will be held on Thursday 12 January from 6:30-7:00 pm at VFW Post 1093, 110 County Road, Ipswich, MA (colocated with the Ipswich Family YMCA.)

More information on VFW Post 1093 school programs is available here. http://myvfw.org/ma/post1093/contact/vfw-post-1093-2016-2017-national-school-program-information/

About VFW Post 1093: Founded in 1946, VFW Post 1093 active members live in Ipswich and a number of towns on the North Shore while participating members live throughout the US. We are a charter member of the North Shore Veterans Collaborative, and our membership includes veterans of most conflicts since WWII. The NSVC and our community participation is built on a unique partnership with the YMCA of the Northshore. The VFW is physically co-located with the Ipswich Family YMCA and energetically innovates programs to support the Ipswich community as well as veterans and their families in New England and beyond. Our members joined the military for the opportunity to serve, and they join our post to continue that service in meaningful ways and to foster the comradeship which so many cherished during their time in the service. New members are welcome.

About the VFW’s Voice of Democracy Contest: Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.