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.
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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 poster 2019-2020
Essay Cover sheet 2019-2020
Essay Rules  2019-2020


Congratulations to the 2018–2019 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Luke Duthie, Branch 146, Northeast/New England Region 



Grade 7 Winners

1st place: Luke Hall, Branch 316, North Central Region
Hall_Luke essay 2018-2019.pdf
2nd place: Michelle Chung, Branch 302, Southwest Region
Chung_Michelle essay 2018-2019.pdf
3rd place: Sawyer Ehrlich, Branch 172, East Coast Region
Ehrlich_Sawyer essay 2018-2019.pdf


Grade 8 Winners
1st Place: Megan Fibelkorn, Branch 044, Southeast Region
Fibelkorn_Megan essay 2018-2019.pdf
2nd Place: Ryan Chan, Branch 101, West Coast Region 
Chan_Ryan essay 2018-2019.pdf
3rd Place: Lorelei McIntyre-Brewer, Branch 106, Northeast/New England Region
McIntyre-Brewer_Lorelei essay 2018-2019.pdf

Grade 9 Winners
1st Place: Isabel Catalina Odewald, Branch 099, East Coast Region
Odewald_Isabel Catalina.pdf
2nd Place: Jonathan Lustig, Branch 226, Northeast/New England Region
Lustig_Jonathan essay 2018-2019.pdf
3rd Place: Simon Le, Branch 018, Northwest Region
Le_Simon essay 2018-2019.pdf

Grade 10 Winners
1st Place: Luke Duthie, Branch 146, Northeast/New England Region
Duthie_Luke essay 2018-2019.pdf
2nd Place: Annalynn Mueller, Branch 137, West Coast Region
Mueller_Annalynn essay 2018-2019.pdf
3rd Place: Samuel Clemenson, Branch 245, Northwest Region
Clemenson_Samuel essay 2018-2019.pdf

Grade 11 Winners
1st Place: Miranda Yu, Branch 182, East Coast Region
Yu_Miranda essay 2018-2019.pdf
2nd Place: 
Jessica Scannell, Branch 269, Southeast Region
Scannell_Jessica essay 2018-2019.pdf
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rd Place: Payton Tapp, Branch 011, South Central Region
Tapp_Payton essay 2018-2019.pdf


Grade 12 Winners
1st Place: James Meng, Branch 242, North Central Region
Meng_James essay 2018-2019.pdf
2nd Place: Heather Eichman, Branch 040, East Coast Region
Eichman_Heather essay 2018-2019.pdf
3rd Place: Sheila Scott , Branch 251, South Central Region
Scott_Sheila essay 2018-2019.pdf


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