A junior at Bay View Academy in East Providence is the winner of the “Voice of Democracy” scholarship contest sponsored by Barrington VFW Post 9742.
Cristina Marsocci received the $100 prize from William Grove, commander of the VFW Post, for an essay she wrote and recorded as a broadcast script. It was titled “4400 Words That Changed the World.”
The competition’s theme this year was: Is Our Constitution Still Relevant? The Voice of Democracy contest is the VFW’s premier scholarship program with more than 50,000 students competing for more than $2.3 million in scholarships.
“We are so pleased to have a winner from Post 9742 and be here at Bay View to present to Cristina this $100.00 award, said Grove. “We have been informed that her audio essay has also won at our District #2 level, and we are pulling for her on the state level as well.”
Cristina said she was motivated by the Presidential election and her essay primarily focused on the Electoral College.
“I live in a very political household and my family encourages discussion and debate on current events, which made it easy to focus on this election,” she said. “My teachers at Bay View also help motivate me, as all students are pushed to have opinions about our nation’s current events and to discuss them with clarity.”