The Gonzales Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 in March announced the winners of the VFW Post-sponsored Americanism and Voice of Democracy programs.

The goals of the Americanism program are to promote patriotism, teach elementary and middle school students about our American heritage, demonstrate the proper care of the U.S. flag and ensure that the public will never forget the sacrifices made by America’s soldiers, a news release from the VFW post said.

The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide students in ninth through 12th grade the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles, the release said.

Americanism category I kindergarten winners were Lillian McClure, St. Amant Primary School, third; Sophie Ourso, Galvez Primary, second; and Amelia Garvin, St. Amant Primary, first place at the post level and third place in District 8 competition.

Americanism category II, which includes first- and second-graders, winners were Elise Bourgeois, St. Amant Primary, third; Kaedyn Mumphrey, Galvez Primary, second; and Nathan Blair, Lake Elementary, first place in the post contest and at District 8 level and second place at the state level.

Americanism category III, which includes third- and fourth-graders, winners were Gabe Keller, Lake Elementary, third; Gracie Frederic, Lake Elementary, second; and Addie LeBlanc, Lake Elementary, first place at the post and District 8 levels.

Americanism category IV, which includes fifth- and sixth-graders, winner was Kylie Trosclair, first place at post level and second place in District 8.

Ninth- through 12th-grade Voice of Democracy winners were Parker Vige, East Ascension High, third; Morgan Higginbotham, East Ascension High, second; and Anastasia Britton, East Ascension, first.