He won $100 from the Grand Haven post for his speech.
Rebecca Hochhuth of Spring Lake took second place, earning $75; and Alyssa Henderson of Spring Lake took third place, receiving $50.
Meston’s speech was submitted to the next level of judging, at the district level, where it took third place and he was presented a certificate and check.
The Voice of Democracy competition is open to high school students. This year’s theme was: “Is there pride in serving in the military.”
Hannah Kenny won the Grand Haven post’s Patriot Pen essay contest, open to middle school students. She earned $100.
Taking second place was Gabbie Hollar, who won $75; and Nathaniel Hatton took third place for $50.
All three students are from Grand Haven. This year’s theme for the essay was: “Are you proud of your country.”
At the district level, Kenny took first place to earn a certificate and $200; while Hollar took second place.
Kenny’s essay was forwarded to the state level, where she took third place and earned a $500 prize.
In the Teacher of the Year category, White Pines Middle School teacher Michelle Maitner took first place at both the local and district level for grades 6-8.