A Texoma high school student will soon be representing Texas in a national competition. Taylor Levy is a senior at Rider High School in Wichita Falls. She won locally, her district and the state scholarship competition for her "Voice of Democracy" audio essay.
Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers met up with Levy to hear how she is preparing for her big trip to Washington D.C.
"I talked a lot about the common thread that ties each generation together and how each generation is armed with innate attributes but still faced with obstacles and problems. My generation is terrorism, collapse in world economy all kinds of other struggles," Levy said.
Levy beat out nearly 2,000 Texas students in the Veterans of Foreign Wars scholarship competition.
"So excited, it's an incredible opportunity. I can't wait to go. If I win, that'll be awesome. If I don't, I've made it this far and extremely grateful for the opportunity it's given me," Levy said.
"We could not find a better representative of our school, city and state," Ethan Shaw said.
Shaw has been Taylor's teacher for several years and said he's not at all surprised she's made it this far.
"Taylor is one of the most respectful, polite, driven, well-mannered, hardworking students I ever had the pleasure of teaching," Shaw said.
The national winner will be announced March 5.
While in D.C., Levy will have the opportunity to see many national landmarks and museums, not to mention meet the President.
"Represent Rider and Wichita Falls, they've never had a state winner at nationals, so hopefully I'll bring Texas a win home," Levy said.
Levy will bring home a minimum of a $2,000. scholarship.
The winner will receive $30,000.
Levy has already won more than $7,000 through the local, district and state competitions.
To hear Levy's audio essay click here.
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