In an effort to promote awareness for Memorial Day and give students the opportunity to make connections with their local government, Senator Neil Anderson is hosting his district’s first annual Words for Heroes Essay Contest, inviting young writers in area schools to honor our nation’s veterans.
Students in 6-8th Grade wishing to participate will submit an essay they feel best demonstrates their talents and knowledge by covering one of these prompts:
1. What does Memorial Day mean to you?
2. Explain why our military matters to you.
3. Interview a family member or friend who has served our country as a veteran. Explain why you think his or her service to our country matters and the impact it has had on their life.
Local veterans will review submitted works and recognize one student for their essay. The winning student’s essay will be featured as part of the Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance display at the State Capitol. The winning student will also have the opportunity to be a “Page-for-a-Day” in Senator Anderson’s Springfield office.
Important Dates: All entries must be submitted to Senator Anderson’s Office no later than Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. The winners will be announced Friday, May 27th.
Essays can be submitted by email to: Jacob36thDistrict@gmail.com