ARLINGTON, VA — March 3, 2010 — Kadena High School sophomore Margaret “Maggie” Brown is the winner of the VFW’s Voice of Democracy contest.
Brown’s winning essay answered the question “Does America Still Have Heroes?” with a resounding yes. Using her mother as an example, she cited spouses of active duty military members as today’s American heroes.
“When the military member gets deployed, the spouse is the one who takes over,” Brown stated. “The spouses are strong individuals who take care of the family.”
Brown was selected as the local and district winner, and will attend the national competition in Washington, DC from March 6-10. One winner from each state/region has been invited to this event. All expenses for the trip will be paid by Target.
During the event, the finalists will tour national monuments, and also might get a chance to meet President Barak Obama.
The trip to the capitol will be a homecoming for Brown, who lived in the Northern Virginia area before moving to Okinawa.
She wrote the essay as a part of her AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class. AVID helps students reach their full academic potential. Teacher Angela Miller requires her students to participate in the VFW contest every year because, “It is a great way for me to assess their writing levels and it allows for them to be competitive while learning to peer edit, substitute dead words, transition, etc. This is an opportunity for them to simply learn how to expand their present writing abilities.
Miller is very excited about Brown’s accomplishment. She said, “I am so proud of Maggie. Maggie is normally very quiet but is vastly blossoming. Winning this essay contest has cushioned the manner in which she is pushed to excel academically now. I know, and now she knows, how much more she has to offer us academically.”
Brown is the daughter of Col. Raphael Brown, who is the Assistant Chief of Staff G-5, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, and Cathleen Brown. She is the middle child of five.
“I’ve never won something like this, so it’s very exciting!” stated Brown.