December 10, 2020 (Photo Credit: Sheri Crowder)

Pocatello homeschool student Eddy Crowder, a senior, was the first place winner of the local Voice of Democracy competition at Pocatello VFW Post 735.  His speech was forwarded to the district level contest, where he placed second.  Eddy spoke on the 2020-2021 Theme: “Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?”

Eddy was awarded with certificates, medals, and a cash prize for his placement in each of the contests at a small ceremony held at the Southeast Idaho Veterans Memorial at Ross Park, this morning.  On hand to present the award were VFW Post 735 Commander Richard Hollingsworth and other members of the Post’s leadership team.  Eddy’s parents, John and Sheri Crowder, were also in attendance.

The Voice of Democracy contest, open to high school students, is just one of many ways that the VFW promotes patriotism among the nation’s youth and contributes to communities across the nation.  The organization also sponsors the Patriot’s Pen contest for junior high students.

To learn more about VFW Post 735 in Pocatello, visit their Facebook page at:

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