American Forces Press Service
SPRINGFIELD, Va., June 5, 1998 Twenty-one children of military and DoD civilian-employee families have been named winners in the Armed Services YMCA Young Readers 1998 essay contest.
Six students won in five categories, and 15 were runners-up. Two winners each won a $1,000 bond, while four won $500 bonds. The 15 runners-up will receive $100 bonds. More than 4,000 youngsters entered. Fifty other students received honorable mention and a congratulatory letter from the Armed Services YMCA.
YMCA officials said the Young Readers project, supported by the U.S. Naval Institute, is intended to nurture a love of reading and knowledge among military families. The contest judges were from DoD, the YMCA and the institute.
"I wish everyone could have read at least some of the essays submitted this year," said retired Rear Adm. Frank Gallo, national executive director of the Armed Services YMCA. "They are all outstanding, and every student who participated is a winner. They wrote beautiful, humorous, insightful essays on the importance that reading has in their lives."
Contest officials said about two-thirds of the entries were submitted electronically this year, up from one-third in 1997.
The Naval Institute's publishing division has announced plans to contribute a number of its books as gifts to the school or installation library in the name of each of the five winners. The Armed Services YMCA Young Readers Project 1998 contest winners are:
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