Congratulations to Northwest Christian Senior, Noah Hilderbrand, on his 6th place in the nation finish in the yearly Voice of Democracy competition, hosted by the VFW.

The Voice of Democracy competition started in 1941 and is a broadcasting competition.  When the judges evaluate the entries, they only hear a recording, they do not see the printed version of the essay. More than 40,000 high school students addressed this year’s prompt, “Why My Vote Matters”.

On January 12th, Noah traveled to Yakima and competed against 250 other entries, coming out on top!  This meant a trip to Yakima for a convention to honor the 13 district winners and announce the State winner.  Noah was announced winner of the State competition! He received incredible support from the VFW 51, as well as a generous scholarship.

On March 2nd, Noah was sent to Washington DC by the VFW for the national competition. Noah placed 6th in the nation and was the recipient of $5,400 in scholarships, a new laptop and a trip to Washington DC. In June, Noah will take part in a 4 day leadership conference in Philadelphia as one of the top winners. To read Noah’s outstanding essay, click here.

Congratulations, Noah, on this outstanding achievement!

L to R: VFW Department of Washington Commander Linda Fairbank, Noah Hildebrand, and VFW Department of Washington Auxiliary President Ruth Lamoureux.