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Nixa Student Wins State Writing Competition, Competes in Nationals

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A Nixa High school student has won the “Voice of Democracy” competition for Missouri, and will be making his way to the national level. KSMU’s Shannon Bowers has more on this audio speech competition.

“What makes me Optimistic about our Nation’s Future,” is this year’s theme for the competition, which is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign War, an organization that promotes camaraderie between veterans and the community.

With this theme in mind, sophomore Barrett Young wrote about how quickly communities came together following the Joplin Tornado and why that gives him hope for the future.

Al Michael is a Vietnam Navy veteran with the Nixa Veterans of Foreign War, post 6758, and the Chairman for this year’s speech competition.

“Barrett did a great job in his development of his theme just including a bit of history about people coming together in America. The content in his essay and speech comes from his heart and he is very thorough in preparing. We are just really proud of him,” said Michael. 

In March, Young will take an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. where his speech will be further judged for originality, content, and creativity. All speeches, three to five minutes long, are written by high school students and have been pre-recorded for entry.

Young will be competing for the top prize of $30,000 in scholarship money.

For KSMU News, I’m Shannon Bowers.