Emalyn Osborne: Watertown High Student State Winner in the Voice of Democracy Contest

Watertown High School senior Emalyn Osborne is this year’s Connecticut state winner in the Voice of Democracy speech contest for high school students, which is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

WATERTOWN — Watertown High School has announced that senior Emalyn Osborne is this year’s Connecticut state winner in the Voice of Democracy speech contest for high school students, which is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This year’s speech topic was “America: Where Do We Go from Here?” Ms. Osborne represented Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7330 and Auxiliary from Oakville, and her speech now enters the national competition against students from the rest of the United States.

Watertown High School Social Studies Department Chair Mary Lou Kuegler stated, “This is Emalyn’s third time placing in the state competition, and we are thrilled that she took the top prize in her senior year.”

Along with her talents as a speechwriter, Ms. Osborne is involved in a wide variety of activities at Watertown High School, including captain of the tennis team, president of the Leo Club, president of the World Language Honor Society, a senior class officer, secretary of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, Best Buddies, Interact Club, Model United Nations Club, and a member of the cast of WHS spring musicals.

Ms. Osborne is the daughter of Kristy and William Osborne of Watertown.

Here is an excerpt from Ms. Osborne’s winning speech:

“It can be said that yesterday’s people are today’s heroes, as everything from our past has evidently shaped the society we know today. America must continue to remember the experiences and sacrifices of these inspirational people.

“From their successes, we can be reminded to push forward amidst the hardships and obstacles that come in our way. But heroes are not solely people from history; they’re born everyday. Take, for example, the young patriots who are just beginning to learn the Pledge of Allegiance.

“Their patriotic hearts are open and their potential to one day influence America is abundant. As I prepare to go off to college, there are people in my grade planning to devote their lives to our country.

“At just 18 years old, they plan to put on the uniform that stands between the gap of an enemy threat and civilian life. 

“Despite the negativity that plagues the headlines of America, our strong spirit has endured and our country has proven to remain worth fighting for. Today’s people will become tomorrow’s heroes.”

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