Americanism Essay Contest For Grades 7–12

2014-2015 Theme: Why I Am Proud to Be an American

The essay contest's grand national prize is $5,000 with additional prizes of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place in grades seven through twelve. Each winners will receive an attractive plaque citing his or her achievement. Every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Additional prizes may be awarded to students winning at local branch and regional levels of competition.

FRA's Essay Contest is open to all students grades 7 through 12 (including those who are home schooled).

Find a Sponsor:

Choose a branch from the drop down list and hit "select" to see the address.


Please Read:

Essay Contest Winner
Required Essay Cover Sheet
Essay Contest Rules

Please promote the essay contest in your area!

Download the flyer from the link below (you can fill out the contact information on your computer before you print it!) and post it proudly wherever appropriate--high schools, on-base education offices, commissaries, exchanges, on-base community centers, etc.--to get the word out (you may need permission to post in some locations).
FRA Essay Contest Flyer

2013–2014 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners
Congratulations to this year’s winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Elizabeth Wong, Branch 011, South Central Region

7th Grade: Katherine Dyke, Branch 208, East Coast Region
8th Grade: Savannah Olsson, Branch 091, Southeast Region
9th Grade: Jedidiah Jenkins, Branch 044, Southeast Region
10th Grade: Elizabeth Wong, Branch 011, South Central Region
11th Grade: Hermena Ibrahim, Branch 226, New England/Northeast Region
12th Grade: Kelli Edwards, Branch 029, Northwest Region

7th Grade: Megan Watson, Branch 386, Southeast Region
8th Grade: Austin Wentzel, Branch 338, New England/Northeast Region
9th Grade: Samuel Trowbridge, Branch 275, West Coast Region
10th Grade: Megan Thompson, Branch 289, Southwest Region
11th Grade: Albert Chon, Branch 302, Southwest Region
12th Grade: Cara Darr, Branch 185, West Coast Region

7th Grade: Nabeela Zoss, Branch 070, Southwest Region
8th Grade: Breeanna Partida, Branch 201, South Central Region
9th Grade: Abdul Eyad, Branch 038, Northwest Region
10th Grade: Riaz Lane, Branch 293, East Coast Region
11th Grade: Cameron Shadmehry, Branch 089, Southeast Region
12th Grade: Sierra Stern, Branch 087, New England/Northeast Region