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Winners of the Voice of Democracy competition announced

The winners were announced in December.

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BRAINERD — Winners of the annual Voice of Democracy writing and speaking competition were honored recently in a ceremony at the Brainerd VFW Post.

The first place prize of $300 went to Craig Coonan of Brainerd, a 10th grade student at Brainerd High School. He will be joining the U.S. Marines after graduation.

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Craig Coonan
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In second place, with a $250 prize, was 10th grader Jagger Klecatsky of East Gull Lake, also a Brainerd High School student.

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Jagger Klecatsky
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Haleyrose Blowers from Motley, a ninth grade student at Pillager High School, took third place and received $200.

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Haleyrose Blowers
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Honorable mention went to Argenis Solorzano, a senior at Crosby-Ironton High School.

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Argenis Solorzano
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Find details and listen to the winning entry at brainerdvfw.org/voice-of-democracy.html .

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