June 2, 2000

FRA Holds Nationwide Essay Contest $15,000 National Grand Prize

Washington, D.C. — The Fleet Reserve Association's (FRA) National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism is currently holding its "2000-2001 Annual FRA Americanism Essay Contest."

According to FRA member Louise Miller, Chairman of the National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism, students in grades 7 through 12, or the equivalent, are eligible for the essay contest, which is held to promote Americanism within the youth today, and provide students with an opportunity to succeed.

"This contest can give students who wish to participate a sense of participation, and we need to reach our youth, today," Miller explained. "For a long time, it seems that society viewed patriotism as a nasty word, and I think it's becoming a virtue in today's youth again. Something like this never hurts because it gives today's young men and women a chance to express themselves."

"The students eligible for this contest today are tomorrow's doctors, lawyers, service members and politicians," added Chuck Calkins, FRA National Executive Secretary (NES). "The 2000-2001 Annual FRA Americanism Essay Contest gives those individuals a chance to represent an entire generation. Participating in the contest, alone, is a very commendable accomplishment."

The theme for the 2000-20001 essay contest is "What Does the American Flag Stand For?" Essays will be graded on the FRA Branch level, and the top essays from each branch are forwarded to the regional level. From there, the top essays in each region are sent to the national level to be graded.

FRA's branches and regions each offer various prizes. The prizes on the National level include:

Grand National Prize: $15,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds.

Prizes in each grade:

1st Place - $5,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds

2nd Place - $3,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds

3rd Place - $2,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds

Students who wish to participate must receive sponsorship from an FRA branch, unit or member. Participants can obtain more information on sponsorship and submission from their schools or from their local FRA branch. Branch information can be obtain on the Association's Web site at www.fra.org, under the "Where We Are" category.

Entries sponsored by branch members must be submitted to their respective Branch Americanism Chairman by December 1, 2000.

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