Eisenmann Finishes 3rd at District Voice of Democracy Competition
By: Paige Kurpgeweit, a freshman at Leigh High School
Each year Leigh sophomores take part in the Voice of Democracy speech contest in their English class. This year, Gracie Eisenmann was the local winner for Leigh High School, and she recited her winning speech at the Veteran’s Day program in November.
But her speech also went on to compete at the district level after winning the local level, and she finished very high at this level against many other speeches.
At the beginning of the new year, Eisenmann was notified by mail that she placed third in the Voice of Democracy District 15 competition.
Donald Eckstein, Commander of District 15 of Nebraska wrote, “Gracelyn, we all enjoyed listening to your essay as it was very well-spoken and presented, and the VFW District 15 judges found your response to the theme, ‘America: Where Do We Go From Here?’ to be candid, well-organized, and inspiring. As the world continues to march forward, we count on future leaders, like yourself, to uphold the values and principles upon which our great nation was founded.”
Mrs. Justine Fischer, Eisenmann’s English teacher said, “Gracie is a hardworking student and an excellent writer who put a lot of time and critical thought into her essay. She is also a really strong, clear speaker. I am excited her audio essay did so well because she is definitely deserving! She honored our veterans and represented her classmates and her school well!”
Eisenmann herself said, “I really am honored to be able to receive this award and I’m very proud that I was able to honor our veterans through my speech because that is what is most important.”