Americanism Essay Contest For Grades 7–12

2016-2017 Theme: What Memorial Day Means to Me

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).

FRA Essay Contest Flyer 

2015–2016 FRA Americanism Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

OVERALL WINNER: Angela Bell, Branch 077, Southwest Region

7th Grade: Gabriella Amos, Branch 099, East Coast Region
8th Grade: Payton Tapp, Branch 011, South Central Region
9th Grade: Dominique Trull, Branch 289, Southwest Region
10th Grade: Phoebe White, Branch 316, North Central Region
11th Grade: Taryn Patricia Murphy, Branch 047, Southwest Region
12th Grade: Angela Bell, Branch 077, Southwest Region

7th Grade: K:ana Tuttle, Branch 046, Northwest Region
8th Grade: Grace Mauro, Branch 275, West Coast Region
9th Grade: Kevin Harmon, Branch 022, Southeast Region
10th Grade: Elise Devlin, Branch 115, Northeast/New England Region
11th Grade: Kiara Simone Mickens, Branch 066, Northeast/New England Region
12th Grade: Jeremy A. Herrera, Branch 094, South Central Region

7th Grade: Annabel Peltzer, Branch 260, Southwest Region
8th Grade: Caroline Cykoski, Branch 089, Southeast Region
9th Grade: Helen Linford, Branch 185, West Coast Region
10th Grade: Megan Vallieve, Branch 021, West Coast Region
11th Grade: Julia Ziagler, Branch 278, Southeast Region
12th Grade: Kayla Scharberg, Branch 044, Southeast Region

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