Mount Prospect American Legion Post 525

Mt Prospect Memorial Day Essay Contest
Entry Form

Memorial Day in Mt. Prospect

2024

Sponsored by the Mt. Prospect VFW Post 1337 and American Legion Post 525

Please print clearly.

Entry form and essays are to be mailed to the address at the bottom of the page. Please print clearly!

Student's Name:_________________________________________________

Street Address: __________________________________________________  

City, Zip:

Name of School:__________________________________ Home Schooled ❑

Grade:

Age:

Phone: _______________________________ Best time to contact:_______
Email:

Student: I certify that this essay is original and was written by me. I agree to participate in the Mt. Prospect Memorial Day Essay Contest and to adhere to the contest rules.

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Student's Signature                                                     Date

Parent or Guardian: I certify that the attached essay is my child's original work. He or she has my permission to participate in the Mt. Prospect Memorial Day Essay Contest and we agree to adhere to the contest rules.

Text Box: Date:/______________________________________ /                Email Address_______________

Parent or Guardian's Signature

Print Parent Name__________________

Mail completed Entry Form and Essay to : Memorial Day Essay Contest Entry

c/o American Legion Post 525 P.O. Box 173 Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 or

email mountprospectamericanlegion@yahoo.com for Commander Bill Starr to arrange drop off or pick up

 

Mt. Prospect Memorial Day Essay Contest

Sponsored by the Mt. Prospect VFW Post 1337 and American Legion Post 525

2024

The contest theme is....

"What Memorial Day means to me"

"...to re-instill in today's generation a respect and high regard for such values as duty, honor, and even

patriotism...values often seen to be lacking in the nation today."

...Col. Nimrod 'Mac" McNair

Who can participate?

All Students in grades 6 — 8 who attend public, private, parochial or home school are eligible.

1st, 2nd and 3rd Place winning essays will receive...

1st Place - $100 Cash. Winner will be invited to read his/her essay aloud at

The Mt. Prospect Veterans Memorial Day ceremony in the Veteran's Memorial Band Shell located at Lions Park on

Monday morning May 27, 2024 and be asked to ride in a convertible car for the Memorial Day parade.

2nd Place - $75 Cash

3rd Place - $50 Cash

There will also be 3 possible Honorable Mention prizes to be determined.

Contest Rules

  • All student essays must address the theme, 'What Memorial Day means to me".
  • Student will submit one original essay of 250-500 words, typed and double-spaced.
  • Student is encouraged to discuss the essay theme with teachers, parents and friends.
  • Student must write the essay himself/ herself and in his/her own words.
  • The essay should be positive and clearly focused on the theme.
  • Teachers or parents may check the essay for spelling and grammar but the content of the essay must remain that of the students.
  • All entries become the sole property of the Mt. Prospect Memorial Day parade committee, which shall have all rights thereto.
  • By signing the consent, the parent(s) agree to all terms and conditions of the contest, and allow the entrant's name to be publicized.
  • An official Memorial Day Essay Contest entry form must accompany the completed essay.
  • Deadline for entries is Friday, May 17, 2024

Criteria for Judging of Essays

  • Essays will be evaluated on the quality of writing that is associated with the appropriate grade level.
  • Essays will be evaluated on a 100 point system with up to 20 points for following instructions, up to 20 points for spelling and grammar, up to 20 points for readability and organization and up to 40 points for originality, adherence to theme, content and overall impact upon the reader.

Winners will be notified by Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Questions? Please contact us at mountprospectamericanlegion@yahoo.com.