This is a sample of the letters John Kinzinger mailed to our Post winners.  I took the liberty of adding both categories, VOD and PP, in the sample below.

      First of all, we sincerely appreciate you taking the time to write and submit an essay for our Ann Arbor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Voice of Democracy/Patriot's Pen essay contest. We received many well written essays and readings. Our panel of three judges read and heard the essays, not knowing the names of the writers or what school they attended, and selected the winning ones from the large group.

      Congratulations on being our xxx place winner. You will be presented your prize check from our Ann Arbor VFW Post for $xxx at our annual dinner in April, date to be determined. You will receive a letter with details requesting your presence, along with your family. Please bring a copy of your essay to read for us at the dinner. We look forward to meeting you and hearing you read it yourself.

      In the mean time, your essay has been forwarded to our VFW District level contest. We would like to see you move on to the State level, and who knows maybe National.

      If you are eligible, we hope you enter again next year for our 2018-2019 Voice of Democracy essay contest. For now, you have a most successful and enjoyable completion of this school year.

Post Voice of Democracy Essay Winners - 2017-18 
1st Place - Sophie Grace Techentin
2nd Place - John Mark Richardson - Placed first in District 6 and will move to the State level
3rd Place - Mary H. Randolph
Post Patriot's Pen Essay Winners - 2017-18
1st Place - Tommy Hamann - Placed first in District 6 and will move to the State level
2nd Place - Isaah Nobel-Meyer
3rd Place - Katie Brandt