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Tuskegee Airmen essay contest


Tuskegee Airmen essay contest

Calling all students 4th through 12th grade! Submit your essay for the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s annual contest saluting the Tuskegee Airmen!

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


  • Study the content provided on the website about the Tuskegee Airmen and the Six Guiding Principles.
  • Using what you have learned, write an essay that describes how the Tuskegee Airmen achieved success and explain how you could use the Six Guiding Principles to achieve a goal you have set for yourself.
  • Entries must adhere to the following:
    • 4th – 5th grades 250 words
    • 6th – 8th grades 350 words
    • 9th – 12th grades 500 words
  • Footnotes, citations, endnotes and essay titles should not be considered part of the word count allotment.
  • Each entry must be an original composition written by the student.
  • Entries will be judged on overall content, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Winners will be requested to send their photograph to be featured along with their essay on the CAF Red Tail Squadron website and newsletter.
  • Entries can be submitted at any time, but must be received by February 1 for the awards given each year.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each grade category.

Put into action what you have learned about the importance of education, training and especially determination, based on the Tuskegee Airmen’s example of overcoming adversity. The essay contest is a lesson both in inspiration and finding the motivation to achieve!

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