SOCA Young Patriots Essay Contest

Special Operations Communicators Association Children's Essay Awards Program

2019 Grade 6-8 Young Patriot Christopher Addaman & Seth Peters

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2018 Grade 9-12 Young Patriot Chiara Messex

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2018 Grade 6-8 Young Patriot Alayna Woosley

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2017 Grade 9-12 Young Patriot Sierra Moak

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2016 Grade 6-8 Young Patriot Baylee White

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2016 Grade 9-12 Young Patriot Nathan Tilley (presented in Florida)

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2015 Grade 6-8 Young Patriot Bryson Overton

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2015 Grade 9-12 Young Patriot Gavin Overton

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****The 2019 contest is closed, good luck to all that applied****

Contest open dates April 5, 2019 through June 30, 2019

We are pleased to announce the 5th Annual, Young Patriots Essay Competition. The goal of the contest is to raise patriotism awareness among our middle and high school students and is a joint initiative between Dell Inc. and the Special Operations Communicators Association (SOCA). Child dependents of SOCA Members (grades 6-12) are asked to submit an essay on the below listed topic to the Young Patriots Essay Committee. The committee will select two winners from all of the qualified entries, to award two Dell tablet’s and audio book series of the Rush Revere Patriot Series to the winner from each of the two categories below.

Applicants must submit a 1-2 page essay on the below topic. Before filling out the form, ensure you have your last report card and essay in a digital format to upload it into the block provided. Entries must be received by July 1, 2019. The winners will be notified by July 15, 2019 and announced on this page.

2019 Young Patriots Essay Topic: Without naming family members; What does your family do/did do to get through deployments or long separations?

Contest Terms and Conditions

  • Applicant’s parent or guardian must be a SOCA member.

  • Category 1 is for students entering 6th-8th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Category 2 is for students entering 9th-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • The winners for this year’s awards will be required to take a presentation photo with the SOCA President and the Dell Inc. representative and authorize the use of their picture to the SOCA website for publicity purposes.

  • Children must obtain their parent’s permission to enter the contest and to help with the essay submission on our website.

  • Previous contest winners are not eligible to participate in consecutive years.

  • 2019 Young Patriots Essay Competition

  • Thank you for your interest in the Young Patriots Essay Competition. We take great pride in supporting the family members of our Special Operations Communicators that also sacrifice so much in their daily lives. By filling out this form you are agreeing to the stated terms and conditions listed above on the Young Patriots Essay page. Good luck.