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January 11, 2023

Olivia Wolber has done it again!
The High School West senior, who won the local VFW Voices of Democracy essay contest, has just won the contest at the New York State level!

Her essay was chosen over 200 other submissions and she earned a $2500 scholarship.

Olivia had to write and record a 3-5 minute broadcast script on a patriotic theme, competing for more than $2.3 million in college scholarships and incentives. 
This year's theme was "Why is the Veteran Important." 

One excerpt of Olivia's essay reads "They are examples for all to look up to thank and follow. 
They are educators of love and tolerance. They are reminders to the youth and to the naive why we
should rise for our pledge to the flag of a country we get to call our own. They remind us why we
put our right hand over our beating hearts during our national anthem. Because it is them who
had the whites of their eyes go red from crying their tears of blue in heartbreak watching
brothers and sisters fall around them."



For her submission Oliva was honored by Smithtown VFW Post 10870.

Olivia Wolber