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Black History Month essay contest

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Black History Month essay contest

In honor of Black History month, the CAF Red Tail Squadron sponsors an annual essay contest saluting the Tuskegee Airmen. The story of these courageous American heroes represents the core values of the Six Guiding Principles of the CAF Red Tail Squadron. The contest is open to students in the 4th – 12th grade.

Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready to Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win

Students will be asked to write an original essay focusing on the Six Guiding Principles of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, describe how the Tuskegee Airmen achieved success, or choose a personal goal to show how the Six Guiding Principles could be utilized to achieve that goal.

Entries will be judged on overall content, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, legibility and penmanship, and must adhere to the following word count guidelines:

4th – 5th grades 250 words
6th – 8th grades 350 words
9th – 12th grades 500 words

Footnotes, citations, endnotes and essay titles will not be counted as part of the word count allotment.

Entries may either be typed or handwritten on regular ruled notebook paper. Each page of the essay must include the author’s name, name of school or home school program, address and telephone number in the upper right hand corner of each page.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the above grade category.

Entries become property of the CAF Red Tail Squadron and will not be returned. Winners will be requested to send their photograph to be featured along with their essay in the CAF Red Tail Squadron website and newsletter.

Submit your essay to your teacher, or mail or email your entry on or before the last day of February to:

CAF Red Tail Squadron
971 Hallstrom Drive
Red Wing, MN 55066
info@redtail.org