Patriotic Prospectors Sweep VFW Voice of Democracy

Sheryl Anderson’s senior government students at Apache Junction High School take their studies seriously. In a recent competition sponsored by VFW Post 7968, 250 S. Phelps Drive in Apache Junction, the Prospectors took first, second and third place in the essay contest, “Why My Vote Matters.”

Gabe Morris took the first place prize and a cash award of $300; Mady Uehling placed second and collected $150; and Kaylea Wilsoncroft came in third and received $100.

“I am very proud of the students who wrote such inspiring speeches about the topic of voting,” said Anderson. “I am also very grateful to the VFW for offering financial incentives to students for winning the competition.”

Students at AJHS have access to nearly $1 million in scholarships to attend a college, university or even trade school after they graduate. Prospectors not only have access to funds through federal, state and local agencies, a variety of  generous civic organizations such as the VFW, Elks, AJ Mounted Rangers and more provide thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes for essays and other sponsored activities throughout the year.

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Photo above: L-R: Kaylea Wilsoncroft, 3rd place; Gabe Morris, 1st place; Mady Uehling, 2nd place

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