Litchfield High School senior Caleb Jurgena was awarded fourth place in this year’s Illinois State Voice of Democracy program.
The award was presented on Saturday, Feb. 13, at a hybrid program, which consisted of in-person attendance of students, family members, as well as VFW dignitaries at six satellite VFW posts throughout the state. The posts were all connected virtually, and some students and families joined the ceremony via Zoom.
The grandson of John and Joan Jurgena, he was competing against 16 other district winners from the state of Illinois. In addition to fourth place honors, Jurgena received a check for $1,000.
Before the pandemic, all 17 district Voice of Democracy winners and the top three district Patriot’s Pen winners and their families spent the weekend in Springfield, compliments of the State VFW. Their activities would have commenced on Friday, Feb. 12, with a pizza party where they could meet and greet other contestants.
On Saturday, the students would have enjoyed a tour of Springfield. The awards program would have been held in conjunction with a formal banquet at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel.