CLOVER — Every year, Air Force JROTC cadets write an essay for the Veterans of Foreign War “Voice of Democracy” competition in hopes of winning a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships.
Their graded essays count as a quarterly project. This year’s topic was “Why I’m Optimistic about Our Nation’s Future.”
John Hill, commander of Clover’s VFW Post, and the VFW Post members reviewed the essays.
Cadet Madeleine Burrell won first place and received a $100 check from the VFW. Second place winner Cadet Caitlin Bowman received $75 and Cadet Meredith Sutton received the $50 check for third place.
Along with receiving a gift, Burrell’s essay was chosen to be the district representative for York County. Her essay will compete statewide for the next step of the process.