By: Meredith Baker | Email: Click Here
Posted: November 30, 2018 | 1:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12145 recognized three county teachers and two students at a recent school board meeting. High school student Parker McFadden won the post’s Voice of Democracy contest, which required entrants to submit an audio recording of an essay on the topic of “Why My Vote Matters.”
Post Commander David Dudley said that it seems like the local entries in the Voice of Democracy contest get better and better every year.
“That tells us the caliber of students that we have at the high school to participate in this program,” Dudley said.
Coleman Lambirth of Dinwiddie Middle School won the post’s Patriot’s Pen essay contest. This year’s theme is “Why I Honor the American Flag.”
Dudley said that last year there were no local entrants in the Patriot’s Pen contest, which disqualified Post 12145 from being named an all-American post. He was happy to see participation this year, which will put the post in the running for that all-American designation that shows that the post is active in the community.
Several Dinwiddie County students and teachers were recognized by the county’s VFW chapter during a recent school board meeting. (Meredith Baker)
“That’s important to our members, important to our post,” Dudley said.
Both McFadden and Lambirth received monetary awards and have moved on to the district contest. There are also state and national levels of both contests, with scholarship money awarded to winners at those levels.
Dudley also presented certificates and monetary awards to three teachers. Betty Spiers was named the High School Teacher of the Year, Carissa Setters was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year, and Amanda Spencer of Dinwiddie Elementary was named the Elementary School Teacher of the Year.
Spiers is an instructional technology resource teacher. Setters teaches health and physical education, and Spencer teaches kindergarten. All three teachers have been nominated for recognition at the district level, as well, and could move on to state and national competitions.