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Tuskegee Airmen essay contest


Calling all students 4 through 12 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:
    • 4 – 5 grades 250 words
    •  6 – 8 grades 350 words
    • 9 – 12 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 asked 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.
  • The classroom teacher will select the top 3 winners of each grade level. The top three winners will also receive a Student Award Certificate.
  • Submit your essay online by February 1, 2020.
  • 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!
  • Teachers and parents, be sure to download the free RISE ABOVE Resource Kit to access activities, presentations and more information that can be tailored to your lessons planning!
  • For more information contact LaVone Kay at info@redtail.org or call 888.928.0188


  • FIRST PLACE The 332nd Chanute package and a Student Achievement Certificate The lucky recipient will enjoy a roomy high-quality lined brown leather jacket with full-color embroidered back and a Squadron patch ball cap with 13 insignia patches related to the Tuskegee Airmen. We’re also including a Rise Above lapel pin!
Student award certificate


  • All participants will receive a free dog tag featuring the Six Guiding Principles.
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I give the student listed above permission to participate in the CAF Red Tail Squadron essay contest. I certify that the entry is the original work completed by my child. I understand that all entries become property of the CAF Red Tail Squadron and may be used in promotions and exhibits. I will accept the final decision of the judges.

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