Press Release

Dexter Regional High School Student Wins Voice of Democracy District #5 Scholarship

Dexter Regional High School is proud to announce that the winner for the local VFW District #5 Competition of the Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest is Meredith Roderka. Meredith, who is a senior, is the daughter of Michael & Deborah Roderka of Dexter.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, more than 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme was, Why are you optimistic about our nation’s future? Prizes and scholarships are awarded at the local, district, state and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the city, meet our nation’s leaders, be honored by the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary and receive their portion of $152,000 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000.

As the winner of the local District #5 competition, Meredith is the recipient of a $1,000.00 scholarship and will now advance to District, where one District winner advances to the state (Department) competition. State winners are then invited to Washington, D.C where their essays compete in the finals competition.

Dexter Regional High School would like to congratulate Meredith on her outstanding accomplishment!