First place winner in Voice of Democracy contest

First place winner in Voice of Democracy contest
Posted on 01/27/2020

Maeryam Nasari wins first in Nassau County, second regionally; top three honored

Congratulations to Hicksville High School junior Maeryam Nasari, who won first place in the Nassau County Voice of Democracy audio essay contest, “What Makes America Great,” sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She also finished as the runner-up in the regional leg of the competition, which included submissions from several Long Island school districts.

Maeryam’s essay was first submitted to local VFW Post 3211 and was selected as the best among Hicksville High School entrants. Hicksville High School’s Jonas Edgarov and Alisha Shah won second and third place, respectively. 

In February, William M. Gouse Jr. of VFW Post 3211 will recognize these students, as well as Hicksville Middle School’s Patriot Penn Essay winners, a contest also sponsored by the VFW. Dylan Seemangal, Hannah Lee and Barbara Maria Croce won first, second and third place, respectively.

First-place winners from both contests will read their essays aloud to the gathered veterans and local politicians and community members present at the VFW meeting.

VOD Contest winner

Hicksville High School Principal Ray Williams and District Supervisor of Social Studies and Home and Careers Dr. Rose Borda flank the high school’s top entrants in the VFW’s Voice of Democracy audio essay contest: (L-R) Maeryam Nasari, Jonas Edgarov and Alisha Shah.