Only Americanism Essay

Americanism Essay Contest

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Theme announced for the Americanism Essay Contest

By DENNIS RAMSEY, Committee Member

“Why Our Veterans are America’s Heroes” is the theme of the Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest for 2017-2018.  This contest offers the youth of America, our leaders of future generations, an opportunity to express their views and appreciation regarding what our military forces mean to this country. It will be interesting to see how school children recognize the sacrifices being made by our current military, as well as those who have served, including their families.

Promoting this important contest will show that we are patriotic Elks and proud Americans. Now is the time for Local Lodges to contact area schools to make this announcement and provide them with the applications and all pertinent rules and deadlines.

Step-by-step instructions can be found on our user-friendly and easy-to-access website. Click on “Forms & Downloads” at for details and applications.

Plaques will be awarded to those who place first, second, and third in Division I (fifth and sixth grades) and Division II (seventh and eighth grades). Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in San Antonio, Texas, July 1-4, 2018.

The deadline for submitting entries to the Local Lodges is December 15, 2017.

The San Mateo Elks Lodge just concluded one of its most successful elementary school  Americanism essay contest in recent memory.  Students in schools through out San Mateo County wrote essays on this years topic, “Why Our Veterans are America’s Heroes?”

There were almost 200 entries from the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grades representing both public and private schools. The Judges put in tireless hours reading and judging the entries but were finally we able to decide on a total of 12 Winners from each Grade. Each student who won either 1st, 2nd or 3rd place will be receiving a stipend from the San Mateo Elks.

In addition each individual grade winner will be eligible to compete in our District competition and possibly further advance to our State and National competition.

Our Lodge Americanism Committee takes great pride and honor in congratulating the students, teachers and principals for providing a positive influence and dedication in this years contest.

This years Americanism committee members are Stan and Joanie Gross, Raul Muniz and his wife, Chuck Borrecco, Sheila Spieller, Dan and Mary Lynn Ruiz, Abbe Keane, Dr, Gerald Keane, Amanda Goll, Shannon Lee, Jessica Oseguera, and Elaine Chen. If any member is interested in next years Americanism committee, 2018 - 2019, please contact Tim Goll or the Lodge Secretary.

All recipients of awards, their teachers, principals and family are invited to attend our Annual Awards Ceremony later this year. Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm at the Lodge.


1st Place

Katelyn Lau (St Catherine of Siena School), Luciana Lewis (St Catherine of Siena School), Daniel Foad (St Catherine of Siena School), Hana Alfhami (Foster City School School)

2nd Place

Kristen Condon (St Catherine of Siena School), Isabella Sandino (St Catherine of Siena School), Troy Panayotou (St Catherine of Siena School), and Allison Uy-Barreta (St Catherine of Siena School)

3rd Place

Camryn Currie (St Catherine of Siena School), Christopher Galli (St Catherine of Siena School), Christian Del Rosario (St Catherine of Siena School), James Urrutia (St Catherine of Siena School), and Kianna Larsson (Foster City School)

Heroes on the Battlefield Fighting for Us

By Luciana Lewis

7th Grade

 "As we express gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." said John F. Kennedy.  Your words don't mean anything unless you do something about it.  Veterans are America's heroes because they have three qualities of heroes.  They sacrifice themselves, they show determination, and they act as leaders.

Veterans sacrifice spending time with their families.  As the veterans go into their job, they are making a commitment to the Unites States.  They give up watching their children grow while they are gone doing their job.  This is like a hero because heroes sacrifice being with their families to go save others.

Veterans are determined to win the good fight.  The veterans made a commitment to help this country and other countries gain freedom.  Veterans have consistently proven themselves to be reliable, independent, and hardworking.

Veterans also have the responsibility of being leaders and they set an example to protect those who are weak.  The veterans stay strong for all of us.  Veterans have skills such as problem solving and creativity that can benefit a plan to help win the fight.  Just like a hero, veterans hel0p and lead their people to victory.

Women and men who are veterans have served this country and fought for our freedom.  Our veterans are America's heroes because they possess many qualities of heroes.  They do this through sacrifice, determination, and by being leaders.  America is a better country for what our veterans, active military, and their family's sacrifices provide for us: freedom."

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