Onekama Student Wins VFW Essay Contest

“Does my generation have a role in America's future?” This question is a difficult one for many of us to answer, but not for Onekama High School Sophomore Elizabeth Bergren. Bergren placed first in an essay competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

OHS student Elizabeth Bergren receives congratulations from VFW
representatives in Manistee at their recent essay awards ceremony.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Voice of Democracy program was established in 1947 and has provided high school students with over $2.5 million in scholarships and incentives. In this year’s competition, Manistee County high school students were asked to write an essay and then record it on a CD based on the theme: Does My Generation Have a Role in America's Future?

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at the VFW Post in Manistee. “Describing my generation’s role in our country’s future was difficult,” explained Bergren. “My answer to the question kept changing with every rough draft I wrote. I guess in the end it didn't turn out too badly. I’m now crossing my fingers for the next level of the competition.”

Elizabeth Bergren will now compete at the district level in December and if selected will then go to the state competition. If successful at the state level, she will then attend the national finals in Washington D.C.