Expressing one’s national pride has always been an integral part of American democracy. Around the country, high school students are afforded a unique opportunity each year to demonstrate their love for country in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest. In Florida, this year’s first-place winner from VFW Post 8191 is Senior Abigail Fronk. Her essay was in response to the prompt titled, “Is this the Country the Founders Envisioned?” If successful at both the district and state levels, Abigail could earn a $30,000 scholarship to an American university, college or vocational/technical school. “As part of our school’s Quill and Scroll Society (led by English teacher Mrs. Herschbach), I wrote the essay because it helped me to reflect on social justice and political issues in America today.” Beginning in 1947, the Voice of Democracy audio essay program allows high school students to voice their ideas in democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essays where more than 64,000 high schoolers nationwide can win a share of over $2 million in scholarships.