American Legion Essay Contest 2014 Pennsylvania

Since the inception of the Department of Pennsylvania state Essay Contest in 1935, The American Legion has awarded well over $500,000 in scholarships, while local American Legion Posts, counties, Districts and Sections have also offered suitable awards and prizes for their respective best essay winners.

Through the annual Department of Pennsylvania American Legion Essay scholarship contest, students are provided an opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities in English by using originality, accuracy and research as evidence, while learning that the responsibilities and duties of good citizenship can be both rewarding and fun.

As American Legionnaires, we fully believe that education is the cornerstone upon which the future of America is built. Education becomes the first requisite of good citizenship and the relationship of The American Legion to Pennsylvania citizens is of prime importance as a means of keeping us a free civilization.

Our approach to supporting solid educational principles is direct and positive. We agree with the current PA Department of Education initiative of “writing across the curriculum” and reward the efforts of involved students through our annual essay scholarship program.

Any student enrolled in grades 9 thorough 12 in a public, private or parochial School or who is home schooled in Pennsylvania is eligible to participate.

Prizes To Be Awarded

The Department of Pennsylvania State Essay First Place Winner will be awarded a $3500 scholarship, a plaque and a trip to this years PA American Legion Convention in July to read the winning essay to the assembled delegates.

The Second Place Winner will receive a $3000 scholarship and a plaque.

The Third Place Winner will receive a $2500 scholarship and a plaque.

Grades 9 – 12 Topic–“What Does Being a Patriot Mean to Me?”

2018 Essay Brochure for Grades 9-12

The Department of Pennsylvania is encouraging Posts to participate in the Essay Program for students in grades 6 -8.  This will prepare students for the high school aged Department Essay Program.

Grades 6 – 8 Topic–“What can be done to build respect for our State & Local Law Enforcement?”

2018 Essay Brochure for Grades 6-8

To participate or to find out additional information contact Department Headquarters at 717-730-9100


Post 407 Blairsville


Blairsville American Legion Post 0407 recently installed the officers for 2015-16.
Post leaders  are, first row, from left: Bill Smith, second vice commander; Jim Kissock, first vice commander; Bill Orr, commander; Skip Libengood, sergeant-at-arms; Jim Fleming, 27th District deputy commander and installing officer.

Pictured in second row are Bill Swanson, treasurer; Brady Hogue, chaplin; Ernie Pecsi, assistant sergeant-at-arms; and Tom Patz, adjutant. Absent from the photo were Jim Prince, service officer, and Bill Shulick, judge advocate.


The Blairsville Area Veterans Memorial was unveiled Friday at the west end of Market Street.

Uncovering the granite monuments — consisting of more than 70 names and weighing a combined 6,933 pounds — were at left, Roger Lenhardt, of American Legion 0407 in Blairsville; and Dean Auen, brother of David Auen, who was killed in the Vietnam War.



Russell Quick, right, of Blairsville, received the Blairsville Military Service Group's lifetime achievement award from AL Hogue Jr., the group's commander.


Quick named top Legionnaire

Blairsville American Legion Post #407 has selected former First Vice Commander Russell Quick, of Blairsville, as its 2013 Legionnaire of the Year.

Quick has served in various officer positions during 23 years as an American Legion member and has not missed opportunities to recruit new members and bring past members back to a current status, according to Post Commander Bill Orr.

Quick was cited in 2012 as a recruiter and was responsible for the Post obtaining a 100 percent membership increase quota. Quick has attained that level of membership recruitment for three of the last four years.

Quick is actively involved in the Blairsville Military Service Group that conducts local military funerals and the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades and programs for the Blairsville community.

Russ Quick, center, is the 2013 Legionnaire of the Year at Blairsville's American Legion Post #407. Presenting the recognition recently were, from left, Tom Patz, Post Adjutant; Bill Smith, Post Second Vice Commander; Bill Orr, Post Commander; and Bill Swanson, Post Treasurer.


Blairsville Veterans are raising money to add plaques to a memorial wall being built at the west end of Market Street to honor area veterans. From left are Brad Hogue, Bill Orr, Jim Kissock and Bill Swanson. Kissock and Hogue presented a donation through the sale of the book "Veterans of Blairsville and Their Stories."

Blairsville family members of fallen soldier Glen Stivison Jr. were present in Pennsylvania's Capitol on ?Nov. 19, 2013, when the House passed a bill to name the interchange at routes 119 and 22 in his honor. Seen from left during the legislative session are House Speaker Sam Smith, Stivison's parents Glen and Jan, brothers Benjamin and William, and state Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana), who authored the legislation.



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