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 poster 2020-2021
Essay Cover sheet 2020-2021
Essay Rules  2020-2021

Congratulations to the 2019–2020 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Taylor Smith, Branch 038, Northwest Region

Grade 7 Winners

1st place: Garrett Ham, Branch 251, South Central Region 
Garrett Ham Essay 2019-2020.pdf
2nd place: Carson Stokes, Branch 099, East Coast Region 
Carson Stokes Essay 2019-2020.pdf
3rd place: Rebecca Souza, Branch 287, West Coast Region
Rebecca Souza Essay 2019-2020.pdf

Grade 8 Winners
1st Place: Maddie Mahon, Branch 197, West Coast Region 
Maddie Mahon Essay 2019-2020.pdf
2nd Place: Riley Parker, Branch 293, East Coast Region 
Riley Parker Essay 2019-2020.pdf
3rd Place: Allie Stover, Branch 294, Southeast Region
Allie Stover Essay 2019-2020.pdf

Grade 9 Winners
1st Place: Ryan Chan, Branch 101, West Coast Region 
Ryan Chan Essay 2019-2020.pdf
2nd Place: Natalie Fibelkorn, Branch 044, Southeast Region 
Natalie Fibelkorn Essay 2019-2020.pdf
3rd Place: Zachary Miranda, Branch 070, Southwest Region
Zachary Miranda Essay 2019-2020.pdf

Grade 10 Winners
1st Place: Logan Mathews, Branch 316, North Central Region 
Logan Mathews Essay 2019-2020.pdf
2nd Place: Brooke Williams, Branch 070, Southwest Region 
Brooke Williams Essay 2019-2020.pdf
3rd Place: Christina Frank, Branch 269, Southeast Region
Christina Frank Essay 2019-2020.pdf

Grade 11 Winners
1st Place: Jordan Alexis Mapp, Branch 269, Southeast Region 
Jordan Alexis Mapp Essay 2019-2020.pdf
2nd Place: Ronnie Franklin, Branch 006, East Coast Region 

Ronnie Franklin Essay 2019-2020.pdf
rd Place: Samuel Rowley, Branch 185, West Coast Region
Samuel Rowley Essay 2019-2020.pdf

Grade 12 Winners
1st Place: Taylor Smith, Branch 038, Northwest Region 
Taylor Smith Essay 2019-2020.pdf
2nd Place: Payce Rohrer, Branch 217, East Coast Region 
Payce Rohrer Essay 2019-2020.pdf
3rd Place: Ghisel Escalona, Branch 113, West Coast Region
Ghisel Escalona Essay 2019-2020.pdf