November 2, 2020

Students in grades 7 through 12 are encouraged to enter the Fleet Reserve Association’s 2020-2021 Essay competition.  This year’s theme is, “The Bill of Rights and Me.”

The FRA website states, “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.”

FRA Gem State Branch 382 can accept entries for Idaho’s students.  Contact FRA Essay Chairman Roger Christopher at (208) 794-6637, or mail entries to:  Fleet Reserve Association, Gem State Branch 382, 1012 Eleventh Ave. North, Nampa, ID 83687-6703.  Entries are due no later than December 1, 2020.

To learn more, visit:

“The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. Although the association was originally named for the Navy’s Fleet Reserve program, membership in FRA is open to all current and former sailors, marines, and Coast Guard personnel. The only requirement to join FRA is to have served as an enlisted member in the USN, USMC, or USCG for at least one day.”


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