Sydney Cabanas has won the annual Voice of Democracy scholarship from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Her speech on the theme “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” placed first on the Big Island and second statewide. She was sponsored by VFW Post 3930 and Ladies Auxiliary in Pahoa.
The VFW established the Voice of Democracy program in 1947 to provide students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles.
Sydney is a summa cum laude graduate of Waiakea High School and will attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo, majoring in political science. She is the daughter of Arlene Ohara.