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Curran’s 7th Grade Veterans Day Essay Contest open now until November 1

In an effort to promote awareness and student involvement this Veterans Day, State Senator John F. Curran (R-Downers Grove) is hosting an essay contest for all seventh graders residing in the 41st Senate District.

“My goal in holding this essay contest is to give students an opportunity to participate in Veterans Day in a meaningful, thought-provoking way,” said Curran. “Their essays will be judged by real military heroes in our community, bridging a gap between our youth and veterans. I hope it will bring students a new appreciation for our veterans’ service. We can’t wait to read their entries.”  

For the contest, students will submit a 300-400-word essay based on the prompt provided to them on the topic of courage—in light of the bravery and sacrifice members of the armed forces demonstrate every day. A judge panel of military veterans will review the students’ submitted work and select one winning essay, as well as three to five runners-up essays.

The contest winner and finalists will have the opportunity to visit the Senator at the State Capitol in Springfield on a 2018 Spring Legislative Session Day and will receive Certificates of Recognition from the Illinois Senate. The first-place essay will also be featured in the 2017 Veterans Day Display at the Capitol in November.

All essays and contest entry forms must be submitted to Curran’s district office email at by November 1, or participants may drop by the office or mail their entries to 7501 South Lemont Road, Suite 315G in Woodridge. The winners will be announced on November 7.  

The Veterans Day Essay Contest is open to over 40 schools spanning Cook, DuPage and Will Counties. Curran encourages teachers and students to reach out if they would like to participate. For entry forms and full contest information, please visit or email

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