We are pleased to announce that we have selected the Top Three and Two Honorable Mentions for Two Divisions!

The Great Northwest District will then select its Three Best to go on to the State Competition. Those will then be judged beside the best of 168 lodges in 19 Districts in the California and Hawaii Elks Association, and the Top Three will go on to the Grand Lodge Essay Committee to select Best of Elks 2020 Essays! These will be announced and read at Grand Lodge Convention, in July.

Unfortunately this year because of the COVID-19 Virus Health Emergency the Youth Awards Banquet was canceled due the Shelter-In-Place requirements.

We wish to thank this year’s participants, and our volunteer judges and committee members for a very enjoyable contest. The March Booster included “Salient Points” from every composition. DOWNLOAD the MARCH BOOSTER

This year's theme was “What does Freedom of Speech Mean to Me?” 5th - 8th graders from Marin County were invited to enter contest.

Themes of previous essays...
  • Veterans are our Heroes
  • Yes, Vote: Your Right, Your Power, Your Choice
  • Voice of Citizens
  • When I Grow Up
  • Diversity
  • Ageism at its Best  
  • Voting is Not Just About a President
  • Civic Responsibility & Privilege
  • The Eternal Optimist
  • Out of the Mouths of Babes