National Americanism
Co-sponsored by the Membership of AMVETS and
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary
GRADES 6 THROUGH 12--------

For many years the National AMVETS (AMERICAN VETERANS), a proud veteran’s organization,
has sponsored an “AMERICANISM CONTEST” for the youth of our schools.  This is done in
conjunction with the North Carolina Department of AMVETS and the Ladies Auxiliary.  This contest
is open to all students in public, private, and home schooled students.  All JROTC students are
encouraged to participate in this program.  This contest consists of a
“Flag Drawing Contest”
for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students.  We offer a
“Poster Drawing Contest and a short 50
word or less explanation of the poster drawn by those children in grades 2, 3, 4 and 5.  The
students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 can take part in our
“Essay Contest.  Each year
our National Headquarters submits a patriotic theme for the Contest and this year it is “Why it is
important to vote…” for 2012-2013.

It is really a wonderful opportunity for our young people to demonstrate their Americanism and
Patriotism.  It gives them a chance to use their skills and abilities through their essays and also
their artwork.  Our schools teach American government, they teach art, they teach social studies
and those just naturally fit right into this contest.    

We ask that your school take part in this Americanism contest.  It could bring good recognition to
your school, as well as valuable prizes to the winning students.  You should hold your own contest
and submit the top winners in each category to the NC Department of AMVETS and Auxiliary.  
From these entries, the state winners will be selected.  This year, North Carolina was proud to
have two National winners from our state.

Enclosed are copies of entry forms for each contest and rules governing each, and a list of prizes
which can be won, on both State and National levels.  These are also listed on the website www. under Americanism.  Failure to follow these rules will cause any entry to be rejected
by the committee during judging.

The deadline for submission of entries to the “AMERICANISM CHAIRMAN” will be March 1, 2012,
and will have to be postmarked by this date to be considered.

Feel free to contact me, if you have any questions or need additional information on this program.


Tom E. Nichols                                                Nada Curphey, Auxiliary Chairperson
AMVETS Americanism Chairman                        AMVETS Americanism Committee
359 Lake Royale                                        217 Ruby Lane
Louisburg, NC 27549                                        Gastonia, NC 28054
(252) 478-2825                                                 (704) 868-2061