Americanism Essay Contest Winners For 2023-2024

Mar 19, 2024 | Americanism, In The News

Each year the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks nationally through their Americanism Committees hold an Essay contest for 5th – 8th grade students. Each state including the Connecticut Elks Association uses the same theme for judging purposes. Each year we decide on a new theme, this year’s theme being “What the Bill of Rights Means to Me” “This patriotic contest gives school children an opportunity to express their pride in America. Fostering our youth’s appreciation and respect for patriotism is central to understanding our country’s heritage. Elk’s all across the country enthusiastically endorse this program because patriotism is one of the Elk’s cornerstones. Many thanks go out to all the students, parents, guardians, and teachers who allow this essay to take place each year.

This year’s submissions were excellent and certainly made the job of judging quite difficult. We enjoyed reading all the essays and appreciate all the hard work that went into them. We are extremely proud of all the contestants.

Arthur Brault, PDD
State Chairman
CEAC Americanism

Essay Contest Placement 2023-2024

Division One   Grade 5

1st place (Waterbury Lodge: Chairman Linda Galvin) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Aaliyah A.

2nd place (Waterbury Lodge: Chairman Linda Galvin) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Carter R.

3rd place (Wallingford Lodge: Chairman Jim Fitzsimmons) District chairman Lawrence Bowden – Kendra J. R.

 Division Two Grade 6

1st place (Wallingford Lodge: Chairman Jim Fitzsimmons) District chairman Lawrence Bowden – Jemma N. F.

2nd place (Southington Lodge: Chairman Denise Johnson) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Elijah P.

3rd place (New Britain Lodge: Chairman Mark Pruzin) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Kaden H.

Division Three Grade 7

1st place (New Britain Lodge: Chairman) Mark Pruzin) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Wilma W.

2nd place (Manchester Lodge Chairman Katherine Gallo) District Chairman Elizabath McKee – Ava F.

3rd place (New Britain Lodge: Chairman) Mark Pruzin) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Audrey J. 

Division Four Grade 8

1st place (New Britain Lodge: Chairman) Mark Pruzin) District Chairman Denise Johnson – Aiden B.

2nd place (Manchester Lodge Chairman Katherine Gallo) District Chairman Elizabath McKee – Katelin N.

3rd place (Willimantic Lodge Chairman Kim Raiola) District Chairman Elizabath McKee – Avery H.- B.

First Place winning essays

representing the 4  divisions