Americanism Essay Contest For Grades 7–12

FRA sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country’s youth. FRA's Americanism Essay Contest is open to all students, grades 7 through 12, including those who are home schooled.  Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch before the December 1st deadline.  Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and regional winners compete for national prizes.
The grand national winner receives $1,500.  Other winners receive $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place.  Each national winner will receive an attractive plaque citing his/her achievement, and every entrant judged at the national level receives a certificate of recognition. Prizes may be awarded to students winning at local and regional levels of competition.

Find a Sponsor:
Find the branch closest to you in the drop down list and click "select" to see the address. This is where you will send your completed essay and cover sheet.

Please Read:

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).

Essay Contest Poster

Essay Cover Sheet

Essay Rules

Congratulations to the 2022–2023 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Molly Neal, Branch 294, South East Region

Grade 7 Winners
1st place: Elizabeth Schlatter       Branch 124, Northeast New England Region  
7th-Grade_1st_Place_Elizabeth Schlatter.pdf
2nd place: Benjamin Wu               Branch 104, Northwest Region
3rd place: Genevieve Miranda      Branch 070, Southwest Region

Grade 8 Winners
1st Place: Brynn Gullin                Branch 146, Northeast New England Region  
8th-Grade_1st_Place_Brynn Gillin.pdf
2nd Place: Katie Labao               Branch 302, Southwest  Region 
3rd Place: Jalen Meads               Branch 293, East Coast Region

Grade 9 Winners
1st Place: Molly Neal                   Branch 294, Southeast  Region
Molly Neal - 9th Grade - 1st Place.pdf
2nd Place: Annabel Marshall       Branch 24, East Coast Region 
3rd Place: Lilly Anna Flygare       Branch 251, South Central Region

Grade 10 Winners
1st Place: Anna Dollar                 Branch 34, Southeast Region 
10th-Grade_1st_Place_Anna Dollar.pdf
2nd Place: Sophene Avedissian  Branch 302, Southwest Region 
3rd Place: Justin Glasow             Branch 208, East Coast Region

Grade 11 Winners
1st Place: Ariana Perez               Branch 302, Southwest Region
11th-Grade_1st_Place_Ariana Perez.pdf
2nd Place: Erin Stenros               Branch 214, Northeast New England Region 

rd Place: Bayleigh Guidry          Branch 251, South Central Region

Grade 12 Winners
1st Place: Morgen Davis              Branch 185, West Coast Region
12th-Grade_1st_Place_Morgan Davis.pdf
2nd Place: Charlotte Wallace      Branch 055, Northwest Region 
3rd Place: Caleb Gargus             Branch 105, North Central Region