Date: December 31, 2013
SUBJECT: S OF O STUDENTS HONORED FOR VOICE OF DEMOCRACY ENTRIES
By: Charles Elliott
School of the Ozarks sophomores Mitchell Pettigrew and Coby Dolloff and junior Emily Huff were honored by the local Branson Hollister 11290 VFW Post Commander Gerald Long for their entries in the VFW Voice of Democracy Essay and Speech Competition.
The contest, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, is open to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial high school or a home study program in the United States and its territories.
The theme for 2014-2015 is: "Why Veterans are Important to Our Nation's History and Future."
This year students wrote in response to the question, "Why are you optimistic about our nation's future?" After writing the essay, students recorded themselves reading the essay and submitted the written and recorded speech for evaluation.
"The School's instruction and education about God and His involvement in our nation's foundation is what drives my optimism," said Mitchell.
"Our education on the founding fathers in History class and all that they stood for and built our nation on inspires my optimism knowing that it's those same principles that we cling to today," said Coby Dolloff.
School of the Ozarks is a college preparatory lab school for grades 9-12 operated by College of the Ozarks. The S of O vision mirrors the College's vision "to develop citizens of Christ-like character, who are well-educated, hard-working and patriotic."
Pictured from left to right: Mitchell Pettigrew, Coby Dolloff, and Emily Huff.