ELKS Americanism Essay Contest

Welcome to GAMS ELKS Americanism Essay Contest Page


Every year, GAMS students participate in the Elks Americanism Essay Contest. A patriotic essay contest for students 5th through 8th grades to promote patriotism among young people. 


Sponsors the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America
Elks Lodge Number: #600 Chambersburg

346 Lincoln Way E., Chambersburg, PA, 17201-2228

"What Does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me"?

Check back in August for next year's theme. Click here 

Essay Deadline: Monday, December 14, 2020


  • Eligible participants must be students enrolled in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade at the time of the contest.
  • Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.
  • Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. 
  • Essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
  • Cover sheet on the next page must be filled in and attached to the front of each essay when turned into the Chambersburg Elks Lodge # 600.
  • Essay will be submitted for judging to the Elks Lodge by the school or you can drop off at the Chambersburg Elks Lodge # 600. See attached downloadable for drop off informationrules and judging criteria below. 

Downloadable Rules

2020 Americanism Essay Contest (PDF Format).pdf
2020 Americanism Essay Contest (Text Accessible Format).txt



  • National Competition: Plaques will be awarded by the Grand Lodge for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for national winning essays in Division I and Division II
  • State Competition: Plaques will be sent to the respective State Associations for presentation to the winning Local Lodges.

For Contest Guidelines and Registration Information, please see:

Mr. Richardson
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Social Studies Department Chairperson

Mrs. Diller
6th Grade Virtual Teacher
English Language Arts Department Chairperson