Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest – Apply Today!

Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest – Apply Today!

September 21, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


The Voice of Democracy Parade of
Winners was very intense. I think all of us entered into
the room and the facility not knowing how much support there’d
be. We walked in there and there were hundreds of people clapping.
I was not prepared for that at all. All 53 of us were just
already over the moon to just be here in D.C. with an all-expenses-paid trip, so we weren’t really too stressed out
about who actually won. Up on stage, your heart is beating
like so fast and you’re so excited. You’re kind of nervous.
And so I kept waiting. I’d be like “I’ll be next,” and then I was like, “No,” and then I’d be like, “I’ll be next,” and then I was like, “No…” And they said, “Will these
five students come up?” and so then we went up and I was like
“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh” and they slowly counted it off and my heart was beating so fast. I was looking out
into all the faces, and then they announced the second place
winner and I couldn’t believe it. It was incredible. Winning this scholarship, It does
open my choice of colleges so it definitely will help very much. So our Voice of Democracy program is a 73 year program that we instituted to foster true patriotism
with our nation’s youth. They’ll write a short essay, we judge them on oration
of that actual essay. And they have a shot at earning up to thirty thousand dollars. Our nation’s youth have an incredible opportunity to come to Washington D.C. on an all-expenses-paid trip, we take them around, show them the history of our country, see
some great museums. Getting the surprise notice that
all my flights to D.C. were paid for was just amazing. I wasn’t expecting
it, never been to D.C. before, so it’s pretty crazy. Seeing
all of the monuments around Washington D.C., it did affect me very
heavily. Very impactful. Then we sit down and we award the scholarships the second to last night that we’re there. Our educational
system, especially our higher ed, is very expensive. This
money that these students can win, can really lift that burden off
the parents. The students find themselves, even though they’re kinda
nervous when they first show up, they realize all of a sudden,
they have 52 other friends instantly, because they’ve all
had that shared experience. And it doesn’t matter where they’ve
come from. It seems like a lot of the barriers and walls that possibly
are set up at home, they come crashing down pretty hard. Our
Voice of Democracy program really exposes them to to a bigger
world, much bigger than their little hometown. It gives them a shot
at figuring out what they want to do. Maybe going into
journalism or going into government. It’s breathtaking and very
refreshing, and gives me a hopeful sense in the future
of these young students. The Voice of Democracy program is amazing.
The amount of effort that everyone here has put in, it clearly
shows. Everyone’s so into it. I mean, it’s a once in a lifetime
experience, and it’s amazing, and I’m so glad that I did it. This
is a once in a lifetime opportunity, to be here with
kids from all around the country. You should definitely do
it. You should definitely sign up for the Voice of Democracy program.