Interview a Veteran Essay Contest

October 2, 2018

KIWANIS Club of Clarksville, Inc.


(September 4 – October 19, 2018) 

Essay Title: “What can the (Veteran)’s Experience teach Me about being a better Citizen?”     (List Title at the Top of First Page)


Eligibility:  All Montgomery County and Ft. Campbell students – Grades 6-12


Content:  Essays must include the veteran’s (or active duty) service branch, rank, and dates of service.  The essay should reflect the student’s understanding of the veteran’s OR active duty service member’s service experience and how it affects you. Research is required of high school students but not middle school students.  


Judging: Entries must be original and unpublished.  Essays are judged on the following:  development of the title theme (40%), veteran’s experience (30%), organization (20%) and evidence of research (10%).   The winning Essays will be selected anonymously by a panel of veterans and military history professors. Schools are only to select the top three entries, submit all essays in paper form. Do not announce any school winners until notified by the Kiwanis Club.


The student’s name MUST NOT appear on the title page or in the manuscript. Essays MUST have a “Student Statement Form” attached. Information on the student form must be typed or neatly printed.  The title must appear on the first page of the essay.  


Word Length:  500 – 800 words       Format:  Typed, double-spaced, pages numbered


Deadlines:      October 19, 2018       Essays* must be turned in at the student’s school

October 26, 2018       The top 3 school essays and all the other essays must be submitted in paper form on-time to the CMCSS Central Office or the Kiwanis Club Office, call 931-320-1337).


Individual School Awards:  Each school winner will be awarded a plaque and $100 cash (only if school has a minimum of three entries) by the Kiwanis Club of Clarksville.  The Grand Winner in each Division will be chosen from the school winners.  School winners will be presented at the Kiwanis Club’s luncheon meeting at the Veterans Day program, Tuesday (11:45-1:00), November 13th at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 499 Commerce StreetEach school principal, student, parents, veteran and teacher of the school winners will be invited to attend but we must have a list by Friday, November 2.   Lunch @ $11 is available for additional guests.


Grand Division Awards: Middle School and High School Division winners will receive a U.S. flag  flown over the U.S. Capitol and $100 in additional cash.


The school in each division with the most student essays will receive recognition and a U.S. flag. Veterans are available for classroom presentations and interviews by contacting 931-320-1337.


*All essays from each school must be submitted and will be archived in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library for future research.  The essays become the property of the Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Clarksville, Inc. 


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