Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 and its Auxiliary honored the 2016 winners of the Voice of Democracy and Americanism programs during a ceremony April 10.

The Voice of Democracy program, established in 1947, gives students in ninth through 12th grade the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme was “My Vision for America.”

Voice of Democracy winners were Emily J. Medine, of East Ascension High, first place ($1,000); Andrew S. Dickerson, of Donaldsonville High, second place ($500); and Alexis M. Soniat, of East Ascension High, third place ($250).

The Americanism Program promotes patriotism, teaches respect and proper care for the U.S. flag, and recognizes elementary and junior high or middle school students, a news release said. There are four categories based on school grade.

Category 1, Coloring of a Pre-Printed American Flag, is an art contest for kindergarten students. Winners are Claire Kootz, first place at post level and third place at district level; Jewels Darr, second place; and Maddy Bercegeay, third place.

Category 2, Drawing of the American Flag, is an art contest for first- and second-graders. Winners are Destiny Durgapasad, first place at post level, first place at district level and third place at state level; Graham LeBlanc, second place; and Jocelyn Howell, third place.

Category 3, Drawing a Historical Event, is the art contest for third- and fourth-graders. Winners are Addie LeBlanc, first place; Kasen Despino, second place; and Gage Laiche, third place.

Category 4, an essay contest for fifth- and sixth-graders, had the theme “How I Honor Veterans.” Winners are Kylie Trosclair, first place; Kendall Berthelot, second place; and Gracie Frederic, third place.

Gertie Savoy chaired both programs.