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.

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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.

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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 2017-2018.pdf

Congratulations to the 2016–2017 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Julia Dahlke, Branch 70 Southwest Region 

GRADE         NAME                             BRANCH 

7th Grade
1st Place         Emma Richards                 Branch   55
2nd Place       Jonathan Lustig                  Branch 226
3rd Place        Eduardo Florez                   Branch 126

8th Grade
1st Place        Mandy Yang                       Branch 175
2nd Place       Kharley Emma Redmon    Branch 105
3rd Place        Hannah Frost                     Branch 275

9th Grade
1st Place        Olivia J. Hayes                   Branch   99
2nd Place       Cavan McIntyre-Brewer    Branch 106
3rd Place        Leah Schemenauer            Branch 137

10th Grade
1st Place         Macey Deruelle                 Branch 275
2nd Place        Rachel Butler                    Branch  44
3rd Place         Mathew Vu                       Branch 175

11th Grade
1st Place        Julia Dahlke                      Branch   70
2nd Place       Vinh Ton                            Branch 201
3rd Place        Savannah Olsson               Branch   91

12th Grade
1st Place         Riley Dodson                    Branch 364
2nd Place       Taryn P. Murphy               Branch    47
3rd Place       Adam Skelton                    Branch  342

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