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Elks Lodge to hold essay contest for fifth-eighth graders

This year’s theme is “What Does it Mean to Love Your Country?”
Credit: Elks Lodge

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Elks Americanism essay contest for fifth and sixth grade (Division 1) and seventh and eighth grade (Division II) has kicked off. This year’s theme is “What Does it Mean to Love Your Country?”

According to an Elks Lodge press release, the essay should not exceed 300 words and must be typed or written legibly in ink. The entrant must submit the essay no later than Dec. 15, to the San Angelo Elks Lodge #1880 at 2121 S. Chadbourne St., or it can be emailed to lodge1880@suddenlinkmail.com.

Essays will be judged in the two divisions. Judging criteria are originality, development of the theme, mechanics and neatness.

An information sheet on the student submitting the essay must also accompany the essay. Information must include the student’s name, age, grade, school, teacher’s name, parents name, gender, phone number and email address. It should also include the student’s address and the address of the student's school.

First, second and third place winners in each division will be submitted to the district for review in January and those winners will be forwarded to the state for review in February.

State winners will be sent to Elks Grand Lodge in March. The first, second and third place national winners will be selected and announced in Atlanta in July of 2022. Those winners will receive a plaque from the Elks Grand Lodge.