Bureau Valley High School students participated in the Voice of Democracy program by submitting an essay about why the student is optimistic about the nation’s future. The Wyanet VFW Post 6634 and Ladies Auxiliary awarded cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place finishers. Veronica Riggen (left) won second place, Kate DeBrock won third place and Riley Francis won first place. They are pictured with Wyanet VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy co-chairmen Roger and Jean Fox. Francis will have her essay entered into the district competition.