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Gavin McCoy, left, receives a certificate from Steve Brown of Veterans of Foreign Wars Cherokee Memorial Post 8013 as the post winner of this year’s Voice of Democracy. The theme for this year was “Where do we go from here?”

McCoy, a senior at Smoky Mountain High School, placed first at the post level and second at district. He was presented the award and $100 and will be presented the district award and $200 at the Jan. 15 district meeting.

He has been accepted to the Brevard College Honors College in the pre-med program and is committed to playing baseball for the Tornados.