My Guiding Light Essay Contest

We are no longer accepting applications. The winners will be announced March 26, 2018.

Should schools be able to keep tabs on students’ social media to prevent internet bullying? Should there be regulations that prohibit a president from tweeting? With our “We the Students” essay contest, you could win prizes just for sharing your thoughts on these issues!

Each year, We the Students gives 8-12th-grade students from across the U.S. a chance to share their perspective on a trending topic.

This year’s prompt: To what extent in the U.S. does the government–federal, state, and local–have the duty to monitor internet content?

We are awarding $20,000+ in scholarship and prizes to the students who submit the best essays on the topic.

  • 1st Place – $5,000 and a scholarship to our 2018 Constitutional Academy in Washington, D.C.
  • Runners Up – Six prizes at $1,250 each
  • Honorable Mentions – Eight prizes at $500 each

Sign-up For The Contest!

Tuskegee Airmen essay contest

Calling all students 4th through 12th grade! Submit your essay for the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s annual contest saluting the Tuskegee Airmen!

Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready to Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win


  • Study the content provided on the website about the Tuskegee Airmen and the Six Guiding Principles.
  • Using what you have learned, write an essay that describes how the Tuskegee Airmen achieved success and explain how you could use the Six Guiding Principles to achieve a goal you have set for yourself.
  • Entries must adhere to the following:
    • 4th – 5th grades 250 words
    • 6th – 8th grades 350 words
    • 9th – 12th grades 500 words
  • Footnotes, citations, endnotes and essay titles should not be considered part of the word count allotment.
  • Each entry must be an original composition written by the student.
  • Entries will be judged on overall content, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Winners will be requested to send their photograph to be featured along with their essay on the CAF Red Tail Squadron website and newsletter.
  • Entries can be submitted at any time, but must be received by February 1 for the awards given each year.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each grade category.

Put into action what you have learned about the importance of education, training and especially determination, based on the Tuskegee Airmen’s example of overcoming adversity. The essay contest is a lesson both in inspiration and finding the motivation to achieve!

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