TOWNSEND --Twenty-eight North Middlesex Regional High School students and six Immaculate Heart of Mary School students entered the Voice of Democracy Competition for students in grades 9 through 12, co-sponsored locally by Townsend VFW Post No. 6538 and its Auxiliary and Pepperell VFW Post No. 3291.

This year's theme was "Why My Vote Matters."

Shealagh Sullivan of Ashby placed first and will receive $150.

The second-place award of $100 was earned by Anna Dunsmoor of Pepperell. The $50 third-place award will be presented to Andrew Gaskins of Townsend. All three winners are Grade 11 students at North Middlesex Regional High School.

The local awards will be presented to the winners at the end of the school year.

Rules of this national competition allow for the local VFW posts to submit one entry for every 15 or fraction thereof received at the local level into the District level of competition. Therefore, the entries of these three winning North Middlesex Regional High School students were among the eight judged in the District No. 15 Voice of Democracy Competition.

The entry of Andrew Gaskins was selected as the district winner for which he will receive $150, and his entry has been entered into the state level of competition.

TOWNSEND -- Twenty Hawthorne Brook Middle School students and 25 Immaculate Heart of Mary School students entered the Patriot's Pen Essay Competition for students in grades 6 through 8 sponsored by Townsend VFW Post No.


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6538 and its Auxiliary. "Why I Honor the American Flag" was this year's theme.

Rebecca Roux of Clinton will receive $100 for placing first in the local competition.

Kate Coakley of Princeton will be awarded $70 for placing second.

Rebekah Alexander of Townsend will receive the $40 third-place award.

All three contest winners are Immaculate Heart of School students. Rebecca and Rebekah are in grade 8, while Kate is in grade 7.

Local awards will be presented to the winners at an open house and awards ceremony to be held in the Townsend VFW Post Function Hall in June.