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Luke Eisenmann Wins Nebraska State Voice of Democracy Contest!

Each November, the Hespen Mitchell VFW Post 4836 of Schuyler hosts a local Voice of Democracy oratorical competition open to students in grades 9-12.  Each year in Leigh, sophomore English students in Mrs. Justine Fischer’s class participate. Participants must write and record a five-minute speech judged on content, organization, originality, and speaking skills.  This year’s topic was “What are the Best Attributes of Our Democracy?”

Last fall, sophomore Luke Eisenmann was one of two local winners whose speech went on to the regional contest.  After receiving first place at regionals, Luke was one of 10 finalists from across the state who qualified for the State of Nebraska Voice of Democracy Contest in Lincoln!  

Eisenmann attended the state competition on February 2nd, where it was announced his speech had received 1st Place!  After the announcement of the winners, a banquet was held where Luke read his winning speech. For winning the state competition, Luke won $2,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC where he will be representing the state of Nebraska at nationals!  

“I’m honored to win this award and be able to honor veterans with my speech,” Luke said. “I’m excited to represent Nebraska at the national contest in DC!”

The National Voice of Democracy Contest will be held are March 2-6, where Luke’s speech will be judged with others from all across the country, with the winner receiving a $30,000 scholarship. We are so proud of Luke and wish him the best of luck at nationals!