WHAT THE AMERICAN FLAG MEANS TO ME
On June 14, 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year-old teacher at Stony Hill School placed a 10-inch, 38 star flag on his desk. He asked his students to write an essay in reflection of what this flag meant to them. The American Flag Day Foundation aims to keep this patriotic tradition alive.
2020 ESSAY CONTEST
The essay contest is open to all students grades 3-12. All students in public, private, parochial, home or virtual schools are invited and encouraged to participate. Length of the essays include:
1. 150 words in length for grades 3, 4, and 5
2. 250 words in length for grades 6, 7, and 8
3. 500 words in length for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
All entries must be original and should reflect on the prompt, "What does the American flag mean to me."
Judging criteria is:
Grammar, punctuation, and spelling 20%
Please provide a cover sheet with the essay that includes the contestant’s name, grade, name of school, home address and phone number. The contestant’s name should also appear on the essay itself. Please note, submission of an entry indicates a consent for the winner's name, school, and home town to be published on this site. Winners will also be invited to read their essay at the Flag Day Observance on June 14, 2020 in Waubeka, Wisconsin.
Prizes will be awarded to each age group (grades 3-5), (grades 6-8), and (grades 9-12) that include first place of $250 and second place prize of $125. Winners will be notified by phone by April 30, 2020.
Please submit entries by April 1, 2020 via:
OR National Flag Day Observance 2020
PO Box 55
Waubeka, WI 53021
For more information contact: Pam Schlenvogt at (414)333-8778
he National Flag Day Foundation wishes to thank each of the nearly 250 students who submitted essays for the
2019 contest. The response was greater than ever, with entries received from all over the United States.
All of the essays were well done, making selection of only two per category difficult. The students expressed
very thought-provoking reflections on the personal significance of the American Flag. All contestants are to
be applauded for their outstanding effort. Special thanks to all of the contestants and our panel of judges.
1ST PLACE GRADES 4-5
4th Grade, McLane Elementary School, West Bend, WI
1ST PLACE GRADES 6-8
7th Grade, Coral Academy of Science Middle School, Reno, NY
1ST PLACE GRADES 9-12
Grade 12, Northern Ozaukee High School, Fredonia, WI
2ND PLACE GRADES 4-5
Grade 4, Parkview Elementary School, Cedarburg, WI
2ND PLACE GRADES 6-8
Grade 7, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Port Washington, WI