Bishop Ireton Senior Matt Krause entered the VFW Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest last fall as a way to hone and showcase his writing and broadcasting skills. His entry placed 3rd in Virginia. He also won both the local Alexandria VFW Post 609 award and the Northern Virginia "Department 10" award.
Each entrant had to compose an essay and then read it aloud onto a recording of no more than five minutes. Entrants were limited to high school students. The theme for this year's contest was, "Is there pride in serving in our military?" Matt’s essay was inspired by his grandfather, a 25+ year Army veteran who had a tremendous sense of patriotism. Matt shared several examples from an interview he did with him. His broadcast included other material as well. He spoke about the Washington Nationals' military appreciation program. He also told the story of Mr. Matt Hendricks, an English teacher at Bishop Ireton, who was wounded while serving in Iraq. In addition, he wrote a fictionalized account of a veteran as part of the essay.
He won first place out of an unknown number of entrees at the post level, first place out of a pool of students from all over Northern Virginia at the district level, and 3rd place in the state. With the local, district, and state awards all rolled into one, he received $950 in scholarship money and a nice plaque.