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What is the AMVETS Americanism Program?

The AMVETS Americanism Program is a patriotic program the organization offers schools and youth organizations as a resource for teaching children in kindergarten through 12th grade about their American heritage, civics and citizenship. The program includes flag drawing, poster and essay contests that are grade specific and age appropriate.


Who is eligible?
All school age children, K-12. They may attend public, private, parochial schools or may be home schooled. Participants may also come through any youth group such as Scouting or from Church Sunday schools. Students in kindergarten–1st grade can enter the Flag Drawing contest. Students in 2nd–5th grades can enter the Poster contest. Students in 6th–12th grades can enter the Essay Writing contest


How does a child or young adult participate?
Teachers or youth group leaders hopefully will take the initiative to involve their students. The program addresses learning standards in civics and presents excellent topics for writing and art assignments, which teachers can incorporate into their classes.Teachers may also contact a local AMVETS post or department to invite veterans to visit their classes. Students whose teachers or schools are not participating in the program can still enter the contest specific to their grade as a take-home or after-school project. Parents may contact a local AMVETS post or department, on behalf of their children, to submit entries or contact the AMVETS National Programs Department at 301-683-4031.


How do I enter?
Entry forms (PDF files) with contest rules, including t
he “themes” can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: Americanism Contest Packet – PDF file (1.23 MB)

Future Themes:

2023-2024: “Why is it Important to Vote?” 

2023 Winners K-12th:

Posters                                                                    Essays


1st place- Avacyn Kuehl   WI  45

2nd place- Jonathan Simmon  ID 01


1st Grade

1st place- Kimber Ware   WA 01

2nd place- Murdoch Klinedinst   PA 274


2nd Grade

1st place- Elizabeth Taylor   Dept of TN

2nd place- Ruby Stroh           ND 20


3rd Grade

1st place- Brileigh Wolff            ND 20

2nd place- Tymofii Haikevych   MA 12


4th Grade

1st place- Blake Hoffman   PA 274

2nd place- Julia Stauss        NE 15


5th Grade

1st place- Elizabeth Behm     MI 23

2nd place- Gavin M. Gehres  OH 1991

6th Grade

1st place – Aries Vanover       CA 1996

2nd place – Madison Hoyle    NE 15


7th Grade 

1st place – Ellie Altringer  ND 20

2nd place – Benjamin Wu   Dept. of  WA


8th Grade

1st place- Issaron Lewis-Hunt  NE 4

2nd place- Elyse Day   OH 9


10th Grade

1st place- Kendra Pritzl   WI 50

2nd place-  Alexandria Constance Helbing    PA  189


11th Grade

1st  place- Eric Lundy      IL  268

2nd place- Danni Diamond    WI   50


12th Grade

1st place     Ashley Fundersol     TN 75

2nd place    Hunter Griffith         ND 20

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