The American Legion - Department of Illinois, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion are co-sponsoring an Americanism Essay Contest to aid the schools in the teaching of Americanism and good citizenship.
"What can I do to unite our country" is the title for this year's essays.
The contest is divided into the following three classes.
All students in the 7th and 8th grades and junior and senior high school are invited to participate in the contest. All contestants must be a lawful permanent resident of the United States and a bonafide student in a junior or senior high school. Home schooled students will be competing at their own grade level according to age. Students must reside within the boundaries of the Yorkville School District to compete in the Yorkville Auxiliary Unit 489 competition. Local Unit winners will continue on to the Auxiliary District and Division level. Division first place winners in each class will compete for state awards.
Local winners in each class will receive a cash award of $25 for First place, and $15 for Second place. Local awards will be provided by the Yorkville Legion Auxiliary and will be recognized at a unit meeting.
The essay must reach the Yorkville American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 489 by Feb. 7. Complete contest rules can be requested from Joanne Leibold, Yorkville ALA Americanism committee chairman, by emailing the request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone/text to 630-273-1569.
Completed essays can be dropped off at the Yorkville American Legion, or mailed to Yorkville ALA, Atten: Joanne Leibold, P.O. Box 1084, Yorkville, IL 60560, or call Joanne for pick up at your school. Entries that do not comply with the contest rules will be disqualified.