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ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton VFW to Honor Student Essay Winners, Teachers of the Year

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VOICE OF DEMOCRACY WINNERS ANNOUNCED:  Michael Romanuk VFW Post 1645 in Stoughton recently announced the local winners of this year's National VFW competitive educational programs.

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the VFW's premiere scholarship program. Each year over 50,000 high school students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives. 

Students write and record a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme. This year 's topic was, "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" 

Stoughton Historical Society's Past President Joe DeVito, who is co-chairman of the local Voice of Democracy competition with VFW 1645 Quartermaster Rudy Medeiros, tells About Town that the 1st place winner at Stoughton High School is sophomore Ashley N. Merola, 2nd place winner is sophomore James E. MacDonald, and 3rd place finisher is sophomore Joseph M Souto.  

Meanwhile, The Patriot's Pen is a youth essay contest giving middle school students an opportunity to compose an essay expressing their views on Democracy. This year's theme was "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers?"

1st place winner from the O'Donnell Middle School is 8th grader Dylan Flynn, 2nd place is 8th grader Lauren E Sears, and 3rd place is 8th grader Mackenzie Lally.

All winners will be recognized and receive their awards at the VFW Post 1645 annual Installation of Officers banquet on Sunday, May 19, 2013.  

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VFW TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS: The national VFW also recognizes America's educators who instill a sense of national pride in their students.

Michael Romanuk VFW Post 1645 has announced that this year's Stoughton High School Teacher of the Year is Michael Ingrao of the Social Studies Department.

And, their O'Donnell Middle School Teacher of the Year selection is Russell Clough.

Again, all winners will be recognized and receive their awards at the VFW Post 1645 annual Installation of Officers banquet on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

Co-chairmen for this VFW program are Rudy Medeiros and Joe DeVito.

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BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Stoughton Firefighter/EMT and Century 21 C & S Manager Jeff Ledin. He celebrated Saturday. And, to Greg Anderson, owner of the Anderson Company, and son of former Selectman John Anderson. He celebrated Sunday.  

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY today to Chu Thi Le, a native of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and former owner of the Stoughton Coffee Shop.  She is married to Private Investigator Jim Lindelof.

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