Chaparral senior earns $16k from Voice of Democracy Scholarship program

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. announced Kyle Polen, a senior at Chaparral High School, was named second-place national winner and recipient of the $16,000 Charles Kuralt Memorial Scholarship award in its 2018-19 Voice of Democracy scholarship program.

Kyle Polen

The announcement was made during the Monday, March 4 Parade of Winners ceremony at the 2019 VFW Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. VFW Post 9400 and its Auxiliary in Phoenix sponsored Kyle, according to a press release.

“The VFW has supported and nurtured the Voice of Democracy program for more than 70 years because we understand the vital role students like Kyle play in helping ensure a strong, patriotic future for our nation,” VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence said in a prepared statement.

Open to eligible ninth through 12th grade students, the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy audio-essay program requires entrants to write and record a three- to five-minute script on a democratic, patriotic theme.

This year more than 40,000 high school students from across the world reflected on the theme “Why My Vote Matters,” with national finalists competing for their share of $154,000 in scholarships and awards.

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