Terra Rubra Lions Club American Heritage Patriotic Essay Contest

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Each year, Lions District 22W sponsors a Patriotic Essay Contest in which the public is invited to submit essays expressing their views on different aspects of Patriotism. There are contest categories for elementary school students, middle school students, high school students (the contest is also open to home-schooled students in each of these categories), adults, and members of Lions or Lioness Clubs. Each club can sponsor contests in each category, and the winner of each is forwarded to the District 22W level for final judging. The District Winner in each category receives a $100 U.S. Savings Bond and an American Flag, and will be invited to read their essay before a meeting of the District 22W Cabinet.

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2009-2010 Themes

Elementary School What America Means to Me
Middle School How Can I, as a Young Teenager, Help in the Preservation of Our American Heritage?
High School Freeedom Is Not Free -- Explain Why
Adult Non-Lion Should We Thank a Veteran for Our Freedom, and Why?
Lions and Lionesses Patriotism and Lionism -- Can I Become a Better Person by Combining Both?

Requirements for Entry

The contest is open to those who live or attend school in the District 22W service area (Carroll, Frederick, Washington, Allegheny, and Garrett Counties, Maryland). Essays must be between 300 and 500 words in length. They must be typed or printed from a computer, and double-spaced. On the first page in the upper left-hand corner, please provide the following information:

  • Entrant's name, home address, and phone number;
  • Name of school (if home-schooled, please so note and include grade-level), OR
    Name of Lions / Lioness Club to which the entrant belongs, OR
    "Adult Non-Lion" as appropriate;
  • Sponsoring Lions Club (Terra Rubra Lions Club)

Entries submitted to Terra Rubra Lions Club must be received no later than December 31, 2010. Essays that do not conform to all of the above guidelines will not be read. Winners at the Club level will go on to compete at the Zone, Region, and District levels. District winners in each category will be announced in March 2011.

Past Entries

Click on a row below to view the winning essays submitted to Terra Rubra from past contests.

(* An asterisk denotes that that entry won the District-level competition for its category.)