|Four middle school students from Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School have been recognized for their exceptional writing in the 2015-2016 Fleet Reserve Association’s (FRA) Americanism Essay Contest. |
Sponsored locally by FRA Branch 101 SVC, more than 400 students from across the Santa Clara Valley submitted essays of up to 350 words on the topic What the United States Flag Stands For. Of six awards available at the branch level, Saint Andrew’s students received four of them.
“We received so many outstanding entries this year,” said Richard Ruiz, Sr., FRA Branch 101 SVC essay chairman. “I am always amazed at the creative, thoughtful entries these students submit. The FRA truly believes that Loyalty, Protection, and Service begins with our youth.”
Saint Andrew’s winners were: for Grade Eight – Elizabeth Vyvijal (3rd Place) and for Grade Seven – Jessica Calderoni (3rd Place), Julian Ramprashad (2nd Place) and Iliyan Valani (1st Place).
The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. The Association is comprised of current and former, retired and active duty enlisted sea service personnel.
About the FRA Essay Contest
The FRA National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism sponsors an annual Americanism Essay Contest, based on a theme announced each Spring. The essay contest's grand national prize is $5,000 with additional prizes of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place in grades seven through twelve. Additional prizes are awarded to students winning at local branch and regional levels of competition.