Parade Essay Contest 2017

The Parade Essay Contest has ended. Please check back as we present the winners of the 2017 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Essay Contest.


Theme: Silent Sacrifice: Honoring Our Cold War Veterans

  • Open to all students in grades 9-12 in Maricopa County of high school age.
  • Essays are to be 500 words or less.
  • Essays must be submitted online via the link below.
  • In submission at the top please include:
    • Student’s name
    • Age
    • Grade
    • Student’s or parent’s email and phone
    • Teacher’s name and class
    • School name, address and phone number
    • If home schooled, students need to provide contact information
  • Essays will not be returned and will become property of the Phoenix Veterans Day Parade Committee.

Judging Criteria: Creative writing, Grammar, Originality, Content, Theme Focus: Silent Sacrifice: Honoring Our Cold War Veterans


Winners will receive:

  • Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, courtesy of Durant’s Restaurant
  • Ride in the parade
  • Winning essays printed in parade program
  • Parade commemorative items
  • Group photos electronically
  • Teacher listed on the winning student’s entry will receive $150 cash gift card to use for his or her classroom