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Armed Services YMCA Announces Fifth Annual Essay Contest

Special to American Forces Press Service

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Feb. 26, 2001 – Entry deadline is April 9 for the Armed Services YMCA's annual essay contest to promote reading among children and teens of active, Reserve, Guard and retired service members and DoD civilian employees.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute, the essay contest is in its fifth year. Contestants should write about why they like to read. Winners receive U.S. Savings Bonds ranging in value from $100 to $1,000.

One $500 first place and one $100 second place bond will be awarded in categories pre-school and kindergarten, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade. High school students can win a $1,000 bond for first place and a $500 bond for second place. In addition, there are four $100 bonds for essays of honorable mentions.

Entrants in grades eight and below should submit essays of 300 words or less. Beginning writers may have their parents write their words for them. High school students should write essays of 500 words or less.

At the top of each essay, entries should include the student's name, age and grade; address; phone number or e-mail a parent may be reached; parents' names; service affiliation; rank of military member; and military installation. Include the school or youth program if that's how the student enters.

Entries may be sent by mail or e-mail. E-mail essays can be either in the message body or attached as Microsoft Word or plaintext documents. They must be sent no later than April 9 to essaycontest@asymca.org. Libraries, schools, and other agencies on military installations with Internet access may enter essays for contestants.

Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than April 9 to be eligible. Send them to:

Armed Services YMCA

Attn: Essay Contest

6225 Brandon Ave., Suite 215

Springfield, VA 22150.

All entries submitted become the property of the Armed Services YMCA and cannot be returned. For additional information, visit www.asymca.org, send an e-mail to essaycontest@asymca.org, or call (703) 866-1260, ext. 16.

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