The Mount Airy VFW post awarded Mount Airy Christian Academy (MACA) junior, Colton Ramsey, first place and $400.00 in their area-wide Voice of Democracy speech contest. Ramsey says what started off as a homework assignment turned into something more.
In his speech titled “Voices of the Past,” Ramsey said, “if the voices of the men who have long since returned to the sand and water go unheeded, if my generation continues to ignore their plea, then their deaths are worthless. If I and others ignore our responsibilities to remember why they fought we shall lose our identity and what they fought so hard to preserve”.
“My responsibility to America” was the title of Mount Airy’s VFW post 2016 speech competition. High school students throughout the area completed an application and turned in a written and audio copy of their three to five minute speeches. On Thursday December 8th, Allen Yader, chaplain and former commander of the Mount Airy VFW post, and Mark Bailey, adjutant and quartermaster of the Mount Airy VFW post, visited MACA and announced Ramsey’s win during a MACA secondary chapel service.
Ramsey will now move on to the district competition and, if he continues, to the state and national levels. State winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. and the chance to win the top prize of $30,000. Congratulations Colton Ramsey.