VFW essay winners named

Burnsville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5833 has announced the results of its Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests.

Sarah Langeland, a home-school student, was awarded first place in the Voice of Democracy contest. She will receive a cash prize of $300 and will advance to district level competition. John Walker and Alexa Orr, both of Burnsville High School, placed second and third, respectively.

The Voice of Democracy contest, for students in grades nine to 12, is a three- to five-minute recording of an original essay. This year’s theme is, “Is our Constitution still relevant?”

Joshua Langeland, brother of Sarah and a home-school student, took first place in the Patriot’s Pen contest. He will receive $100 for his essay titled “What I Would Tell America’s Founding Fathers.” He will also advance to district level competition. The Patriot’s Pen contest is open to students in grades six to eight.