VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS Post 4398 recognizes winners of the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen essay contests and Teacher of the Year. Front row, from left are XX representing XX and Julia Guy; second row: Chairwoman Trisha Fields, Chelsea Jones, Robbie Crippen, Post Commander Larry Brune, Jayson Moll and Joe Robinson.

RICHMOND – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4398 honored the 2019 Voice of Democracy, Patriot’s Pen and Teachers of the Year on Thursday at a ceremony at the Ray County Veterans Building, 312 Clark St.

Patriot’s Pen winners were Richmond Middle School student Isabelle Dooley, who won first place and $150; and homeschooled student Julia Guy, who placed second and received $50;

Voice of Democracy winners were Hardin-Central High School student Robbie Crippen, placing first and receiving $150; and Orrick High School student Chanler Woods, placing second and receiving $50.

Winning the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship education awards were Dear Elementary School music teacher Chelsea Jones, Orrick Middle School band and choir director Jayson Moll and Hardin-Central High School ag teacher Joe Robinson.

Crippen, Jones, Moll and Robinson will represent District 1 in the department competition for a chance to go to Washington in March for the national competition.

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