2021-2022 Youth and Teacher Winners

- 1/17/2022

PATRIOT’S PEN:  VFW DEPARTMENT OF SC WINNERS
(Department Chairman Janet Chisolm-Richard) 

 1.  James R. Bowen, 8th grader from Indian Land Middle School.  He lives in Ft Mill
Sponsored by Post 12136 in District 5.

2.  Evan M. Williams of North Augusta. He attends 8th grade in JET Middle School in Johnston.
Sponsored by Post 6932 in District 9.

3.  Nielle Tipan, 8th grader of Saint Anthony Catholic School in Florence.
Sponsored by Post 3181 in District 6.

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY:   VFW DEPARTMENT OF SC WINNERS
(Department Chairman Charles Holloway)

 Please join me in congratulating Mary Grace Copeland, VFW Post 6561, our State Voice of Democracy winner. Mary is a senior at Lexington High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society with a GPA of 4.5. She serves on the student council as Student Body Vice President, is a member of the International Thespian Society, and is a part of the Student Improvement Council. She is also the head news anchor of Lexington High School's broadcasting program and hopes to continue pursuing her passion of broadcast journalism at Clemson University in the fall. In addition, she loves to read and write in her free time - her current goal is to finish writing a novel.

 Our 2nd place winner is Hannah Dawson VFW Post 5091, and 3rd place Aspen Hodges VFW Post 10601. I want to thank everyone for participating in the Voice of Democracy program. 
 
 TEACHER AWARD:  VFW DEPARTMENT OF SC WINNERS
(Department Chairman Ginger Graham)
 
Doretha Garland, 2nd Grade Teacher
Philip Simmons Elementary School
Wando, South Carolina
Nominated by VFW 3137, Isle of Palms (District 1)
 
Tristin Padgett*, 6th-8th Grade Teacher
Batesburg-Leesville Middle School
Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
Nominated by Lake Murray VFW 6740, Leesville (District 2)
(*ADVANCED TO NATIONAL COMPETITION)
 
Michael R. Burgess 9th-12th Grade Teacher
River Bluff High School
Lexington, South Carolina
Nominated by Gandy-Griffin VFW 4262, Columbia (District 2)