Patriotic Essay Contest The Times-News 12/18/13 Reprinted with permission. Alamance-Burlington Middle College student Cheyenne Alexandra Delaney won $200 in the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10607 Voice of Democracy Competition. She read her essay on the theme “Why I’m optimistic about our nation’s future” at a dinner the post held in honor of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She is advancing to the district level competition. At the national level, the Voice of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition has a grand prize of $30,000.