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. 

This year's Theme
"What Makes You Proud of America?"

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

Essay Deadline: Over for 2018-2019

Elks Lodge Number: #600 Chambersburg
Sponsors the Franklin/Fulton County Regional Competition 


  • 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.
  • Essay will be submitted for judging to the Elks Lodge by the school. 


  • 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.