District No. 0840

Essay Contest 2018

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Grand Lodge announces it's


The Chico Elks Lodge 423 is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2018-2019 Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest is:

“What Makes You Proud of America”

The contest starts with local lodges, like Chico Elks Lodge 423, and progresses through district and state levels, and ends with the naming of our national winners at the B.P.O.E. Grand Lodge session in St. Louis, Missouri in July 2019. This very important patriotic contest gives school children in grades 5-8 the opportunity to express views on their pride in America. Nationally, first-place winners in each division will receive a bronze plaque. Chico Elks Lodge 423 will honor our winners with cash awards and framed certificates. Winning students, their families and their teachers will be guests of honor at a dinner at the lodge. For further information please call the lodge at 343-1431 and leave a message for Marycarol Deane.

2018-2019 Americanism Essay Contest Essay Theme: “What Makes You Proud of America”


Information Sheet

  1. Eligible participants must be Students enrolled in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade at the time of the contest. All essays must be submitted to Chico Elks Lodge 423 on or before December 15, 2018.
  2. Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.
  3. Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
  4. Essay must be submitted for judging to the Chico Elks Lodge 423.
  5. Participant must be identified by name, grade, school attending and Chico Elks Lodge 423 on the essay.
    Essay Cover Sheet
  6. Judging criteria: Originality: Avoid the use of trite or worn out words and phrases. Development of theme: Stay focused on ideas and thoughts. Mechanics and neatness: Use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  7. There are two divisions for judging essays: Division 1 (combined fifth and sixth grades) Division 2 (combined seventh and eighth grades)

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