Catherine Odgers recently had the opportunity of representing Ely and White Pine County, as the VFW District 2 and the James Jewel Post #3547 winner of the Voice of Democracy Essay Competition, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference held in Sparks, Nevada on January 20, 2018.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ premier scholarship program and is open to students in grades 9-12.  Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording a three to five minute audio essay on an annual patriotic theme.  This year’s theme was, American History: Our Hope for the Future.

As the  winner of the VFW District 2 Voice of Democracy Essay Competition, Catherine competed, at the District level, for the opportunity to represent the State of Nevada and via for over $154,000 in national awards and the top scholarship of $30,000, at the National Competition which will be held in Washington, DC in March 2018.

Even though she will not be going to Washington, DC, Catherine has made White Pine County proud as the first representative in many years and received cash awards for being the District winner as well as, one of 5 State runner-ups.