State Junior Essay

  State Youth Essay Program for Grades 3-4-5

Each year the Department of Washington holds an essay contest for grades 3-4-5. We will acknowledge them in front of their peers, an assembly and/or classroom visit by the members.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Participants must compost their own essay.
  2. The essay must be clearly handwritten, typed or computer prepared.
  3. Judging will be under the guidelines set by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Judging will include 30 points for addressing the theme, 30 points for clarity of Ideas, 40 points for Theme development.
  4. Since this program is completely voluntary, a student does not have to go through his/her school to participate. Any student from any school in the State of Washington may enter the program by contacting a local Post or Auxiliary for rules and Official Entry Form. Home-schooled students are also eligible.
  5. A copy of the Official Entry form must accompany the essay. All sections of the official entry form must be completed at the Post/Auxiliary level. entry forms must be signed by a parent.
  6. All essays become the property of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Washington. If copies are desired, you must make your own. The Chairman will not return essays.
  7. Contest begins at the start of the school year.
  8. Length:  Not to exceed 250 words.
  9. Student’s Name, City, or School must not be on the essay, only on the entry form.
  10. The essay must stay within the prescribed subject matter and there can be no added color or artwork.
  11. Essay written in poem form will not be accepted.
  12. The Post or Auxiliary sponsoring the school must do the judging at the local level.
  13. Essays are due to the local Post/Auxiliary by November 1st.