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On Saturday, January 14th, 2017, District 19 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
held a meeting at Trinity Post 6899 where this year's District's Voice of
Democracy Winners were recognized.  Sponsored by Shelby County Memorial VFW
Post 8904 and the Auxiliary two of the top three winners were from Joaquin
High School.
First place went to Senior Darby Hughes who received an engraved plaque and
check for $500.00.  Accompanying Darby were proud family members;
Grandmother Susan McCann, Sister, Keaton Hughes and Parents Wayne and Trinia
Hughes.  Darby recited her award-winning essay to the membership at the
meeting.  She also finished 15th in the state competition and received a
$2,000.00 scholarship from the Department of Texas.
Joaquin Senior Reagan Hovey placed third in the district and was awarded an
engraved plaque and a check for $200.00.  His parents Mary and Todd Hovey
were also on hand to share in their son's accomplishment.
The post and auxiliary members are so very proud of these two young citizens
and the other 15 who entered the competition from Joaquin High School.   As
in the past 70 years another competition will be held during the next school
year.  If you are in grades 9-12 we hope you will consider entering.

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