May 9, 2023

AMVETS of Pocatello, Post 1, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, and Sons of AMVETS have announced their annual Americanism Contest, with entries due by Wednesday, May 31, 2023.

The contest has three different levels, and students who are in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to enter.  Students may be in public school, private school, or homeschool.  Cash prizes for winners at the local level range from $25 to $75.  Winners advance to the national contest for a chance to win additional prizes.

Prize money for the winning students is raised by the AMVETS organizations and from donations by local individuals and businesses.  Contributing to the prize fund this year are Oliver Ahmu, John Crowder, Heritage Baptist Academy, and Realtors Chris & Margaret Schnitzler.

Kindergarten and First Grade students enter by coloring an American flag template, provided online, and answering four questions about the flag.

2nd through 5th Grade students enter by creating a poster on the theme, “What Does Freedom Look Like?”  Also required is a written description of the poster in 50 words or less.

6th through 12th Grade students enter by writing an essay on the theme, “What Does Freedom Look Like?”  The required length of the essay varies by grade level, with 6th graders writing essays of 200 words or less, and 11th/12th grade students writing essays of 500 words or less.

All entries should be mailed or delivered by the deadline to:

Sons of AMVETS, Veterans Memorial Building, 300 N. Johnson Avenue, Pocatello, ID 83204.

For questions, or to make a donation to the student prize fund, call or text John Crowder at 925-628-4033 or send an email to

To access the required program forms and rules, click on the link, below:

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