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Kylieann Krause is the local winner of the Voice of Democracy annual essay competition for the second year in a row.

Congratulations to Kylieann Krause who, for the second year in a row, is the local winner of the Voice of Democracy annual essay competition. A junior at Berlin High School, Kylieann will now move on with her audio essay to compete at a higher level.

Because of Kylieann’s extraordinary work winning the competition two years in a row, she was recognized by Governor Andrew Cuomo for her achievement.

The Voice of Democracy has been a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) scholarship program since 1947. Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the VFW’s local post, district, state and national levels. Kylieann will be awarded a $500 scholarship in June for her local win.

Every year, approximately four hundred thousand high school students throughout the country compete by writing and recording an essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme was “What Makes America Great.”

Congratulations are also in order for 10th-grader Brady Hills and 11th grader Jordanne Brazie for their excellent entries.

Berlin Central School District wishes Kylieann good luck in the rest of the competition!


photo of certification NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

Kylieann received this certificate from Governor Andrew Cuomo for winning the Voice of Democracy competition two years in a row.