Veterans Honor Syosset Writers with Awards

Veterans Honor Syosset Writers with Awards Photo
Syosset Post 6394 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars recently honored two Syosset students for their impressive writing.

Syosset High School student Michael Wang was a recipient of the Merit Award in the VFW’s “Voice of Democracy” scholarship program. Michael was acknowledged as an “Outstanding Spokesperson for Democracy” for his essay, which captured the essence of this year’s theme titled “My Vision for America.”                 

The Voice of Democracy competition, now in its 69th year, provides students the opportunity to compete for more than $2 million in scholarship monies and incentives by writing and recording an audio essay that captures the annual theme. Michael received $500 for his contribution.

Harry B. Thompson Middle School student Emma Leiman earned 2nd place in Nassau County in the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest. The theme for this year’s contest was “The America I Believe In.” In addition to a certificate of recognition, Emma received $100 for her contribution.

Michael is congratulated by Bill Santini (far left) and Gus Scutari of Syosset VFW Post 6394, along with Michael’s social studies teacher, Jennifer Lamond in the main homepage photo. Emma is congratulated by Scutari and Santini along with H.B. Thompson Principal James Kassebaum and social studies teacher Heather Schulman in the alternate photo.