Girl wins VFW state essay contest
Karianne Bodenstein, a senior at Douglas High School, won first place in Nevada Veterans of Foreign Wars “Voice of Democracy” Essay contest.
She was sponsored by Post and Auxiliary #8583, Gardnerville and Post and Auxiliary #3630 from Topaz. She competed against 286 students in Nevada and against 55 winners throughout the United States. She won first place in the VFW District #3 Contest and first place for the State of Nevada for her essay. She came in 22nd in national competition and received $1,000. First place winner nationally receives $25,000.
She went to Washington, D.C., expenses paid for five days and was treated like royalty. She toured Washington and saw many historic sites and went through the capital. She will be going to Maryland at the end of May and will be honored to go to the Naval Academy’s graduation and also the Naval Achievement Awards Ceremony, expenses paid. Members of the VFW hope more students will enter the contest next year and get some of the benefits that the VFW awards.
Gov. Bob Miller and Karianne Bodenstein. VFW photo