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 will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for the top three essays in each grade category ($2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 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. Additional 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 2021 Poster.pdf



Congratulations to the 2020–2021 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Gabrielle Miranda, Branch 70, Southwest Region

Grade 7 Winners
1st place: Sage A. Wytch         Branch 112, SE Region  
Sage A Wytch - Grade 7th-1st Place Essay.pdf 
2nd place: Karli Roth   Branch 242, NC Region
Karli Roth - Grade 7-2nd Place Essay.pdf
3rd place: Addyson Simmons Branch 93, EC Region
Addyson Simmons - Grade 7-3rd Place Essay.pdf

Grade 8 Winners
1st Place: Gabrielle Miranda Branch 70, SW Region  
Gabrielle Miranda - Grade 8-1st Place Essay.pdf
2nd Place: Michael Meng Branch 242, NC Region 
Michael Meng - Grade 8-2nd Place Essay.pdf
3rd Place: Lacey Hickman Branch 293, EC Region
Lacey Hickman - Grade 8-3rd Place Essay.pdf

Grade 9 Winners
1st Place: Ariana Perez Branch 302, SW Region 
Ariana Perez - Grade 9-1st Place Essay.pdf
2nd Place: Samantha Steyn Branch 137, WC Region 
Samantha Steyn - Grade 9-2nd Place Essay.pdf
3rd Place: Parker Smith Branch 38, NW Region
Parker Smith - Grade 9-3rd Place Essay.pdf

Grade 10 Winners
1st Place: Elyse Hwang Branch 302, SW Region 
Elyse Hwang - Grade 10-1st Place Essay.pdf
2nd Place: Caleb Gargus Branch 105, NC Region 
Caleb Gargus - Grade 10-2nd Place Essay.pdf
3rd Place: Jade Chapman Branch 137, WC Region
Jade Chapman - Grade 10-3rd Place Essay.pdf

Grade 11 Winners
1st Place: Irene Park Branch 302, SW Region
Irene Park - Grade 11-1st Place Essay.pdf
2nd Place: Jack Guan Branch 101, WC Region 

Jack Guan - Grade 11-2nd Place Essay.pdf
rd Place: Jonathan Lustig Branch 226, NE/NEng Region
Jonathan Lustig - Grade 11-3rd Place Essay.pdf

Grade 12 Winners
1st Place: Emily Scott Branch 1, NE/NEng Region 
Emily Scott - Grade 12-1st Place Essay.pdf
2nd Place: William Bartle Branch 98, SC Region 
William Bartle - Grade 12-2nd Place Essay.pdf
3rd Place: Annelise Wolfe Branch 41, EC Region
Annelise Wolfe - Grade 12-3rd Place Essay.pdf