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Gov. Livingston Student, Kira Mathias-Prahbu, Among Finalists In National Voices of Democracy Competition

By BERKELEY HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

December 27, 2013 at 7:21 AM

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” Yes, says Kira Mathias-Prahbu, a Governor Livingston High School Senior who took seventh place out of 50,000 nationwide entries in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Voices of Democracy Patriotic Audio Essay Competition.

Kira had already earned first place honors in the local, district and state competitions before moving on to Washington D.C., for the national competition.

In recognition of her outstanding achievement, Kira received a certificate and a $3,000 scholarship, which was presented to her by Joseph McCourt, the Voice of Democracy chair for VFW Post 10122. Present at the awards ceremony were Kira’s mother, Nirupa Mathias-Prabhu, Governor Livingston Principal Scott McKinney, District Social Studies Supervisor Stephen Hopkins, and six representatives from the VFW.

In addition to Kira’s individual honors, a plaque was presented to Governor Livingston High School, as well as to Berkeley Heights Post 6259 recognizing the Berkeley Heights School District’s support of the VFW and its Voice of Democracy competition.