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High school student Olivia Farrar has won the prestigious Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post-level competition for her Voice of Democracy (VOD) audio essay. A senior at Colorado Early Colleges Parker, she entered the competition in October 2018 and was judged winner in November. On Tuesday, 19 February, she was presented with her Certificate of Merit from Parker VFW Post 4266, along with a check for $750 toward her college fees. On Thursday, 21 February, she received the VOD medal and lapel pin. The medal was placed around her neck by Academic Dean Lily Harris and Olivia’s mother, Valerie Farrar, placed the VOD pin on her lapel.

In addition to receiving the VFW scholarship, Olivia is also the valedictorian for her school this year.

Voice of Democracy award

L-R: Dean Lily Harris, Olivia Farrar, Head of School Dr. Alex Tuel 

Dr. Tuel was also presented a VFW certificate for the school’s patriotic support of the VFW citizenship programs.

The VFW strongly supports schools and faculties in elementary, middle, and high school levels. Middle school students can compete for scholarships in Patriot’s Pen written essays. High school students compete in VOD audio essays, and schools at all three levels can recommend teachers who help develop a sense of patriotism and responsibility in their students for the Smart/Maher Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year award. Parker VFW Post 4266 is proud to present each of these awards yearly in our community. Lt. Evan Totten, USNR (former) is both post commander and Americanism and Youth Committee Chair.