Medal of Honor Contest


Red River Battalion in partnership with the NCTC Foundation is proud to host our yearly essay contest!

Submissions must use the Medal of Honor Character Development Program's six character traits (courage, commitment, citizenship, sacrifice, integrity, and patriotism) as a framework.  Please see attached PDF with directions and entry information.

More information about the Medal of Honor Character Development Program and the middle school and high school "Separating the Ordinary from the Extraordinary Essay Contest" can be obtained by contacting Gabrielle Fletcher directly at gfletcher@nctc.edu

Writing Contests

Training Ship Bobcat Essay (ages 10-13) must not exceed 1,000 words and "Using the Medal of Honor Character Development Program’s six-character traits (Courage, Commitment, Citizenship, Sacrifice, Integrity, Patriotism) as a framework, choose someone you believe espouses at least two of these values. This person should be an ordinary person who you believe exhibits extraordinary values, enough so that they have become a role model for you."

Red River Battalion Essay (ages 14-17) must not exceed 1,500 words and "Using the Medal of Honor Character Development Program’s six-character traits (Courage, Commitment, Citizenship, Sacrifice, Integrity, Patriotism) as a framework, choose someone you believe espouses at least two of these values. This person should be an ordinary person who you believe exhibits extraordinary values, enough so that they have become a role model for you.”

Medal of Honor Character Development

If you would like for a classroom visit to demonstrate these lessons with your students, please contact Gabrielle Fletcher at gfletcher@nctc.edu or call (940) 668-7731, ext. 4392

Download contest guidelines and entry form

Contest Guidelines

Requirements for All Entries

  1. Emailed entries must be in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
  2. All entries must be in Times New Roman or Arial, size 12 font, double-spaced. Allow one-inch margins on all sides. Type on one side of the page only.
  3. Originality and good taste in language and subject matter are required; avoid rough language and adult situations. DO not recycle a previous essay.
  4. Be sure to include the required entry form with your submission. Multiple-paged entries must have page numbers in the upper-right-hand corner of each page. Attach pages with paper clips, not staples. No title page is necessary. Your name should not appear on the pages of your entry, only on the entry form itself.

Entries which do not comply with all requirements and guidelines may be eliminated from the contest. All paper entries become the property of the Red River Battalion and will not be returned. Winners will be notified in March 2021.

Deadline

All entries must be received no later than noon on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

Address entries to the contest director:

Ms. Gabrielle Fletcher
Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Language
North Central Texas College
1525 West California Street
Gainesville, Texas 76240-4699

Send electronic entries to gfletcher@nctc.edu.

Download contest guidelines and entry form

Contest guidelines and entry forms can also be downloaded from the Red River Battalion Facebook page.

Questions? Call (940) 668-7731, ext. 4392

Awards

First Prize $100.00
Second Prize $50.00
Third Prize $25.00

Awards may be presented in a special ceremony on the North Central Texas College campus, depending on circumstances, in Gainesville, Texas.

Prize-winning entries may be published as space permits on the Red River Battalion Facebook page & one winner may have the opportunity to read their essay to Medal of Honor Recipients, depending on circumstances.

Submit Your Entry!