Essay Contest

Every year, we team up with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit to present the Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest. Every year, first, second, and third-place winners are announced as part of our annual Veterans Day celebration in Media, PA.

The goal of the contest is to encourage students to learn about US veterans and how they preserve our freedom. The contest is open to all Delaware County students in grades 6 through 8. Each of the 3 winners receives a cash prize and is asked to read from his/her essay during the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony.

As part of their research process, students are encouraged to either interview a veteran in person, or view our interview video gallery.

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2019 Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest

We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting submissions for the Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest, in honor of the annual Veteran’s Day celebration in Media, PA. In organizing this contest, we hope that students in Delaware County will learn more about US war history, veterans and how they help […]

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Announcing the Winner of the 2018 Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest

This year’s winner of the Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest is Makenna Linsky, a 6th grader at E.T. Richardson Middle School. Makenna wrote about her great grandfather’s service as a switchboard operator during WWII. First Place Thank you, Makenna and congratulations! You can read her essay below: I remember my great-grandad as […]

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Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest

We are excited to announce this year’s winner of the Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest. This year’s winner is Brendan Hung, an 8th grader at Radnor Middle School. Brendan’s essay illuminates the struggles veterans face when transitioning back to civilian life after deployment and explores what students like him can do to […]

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2015 Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit, U.S. Veterans Legacy Project and National Veterans Education Project are pleased to announce the 2015 Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest in honor of the annual Veteran’s Day celebration in Media, PA. The goals of the contest are to encourage Delaware County students to learn more about US […]

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2003 Mary Ryan Memorial Poster & Essay Contest Winners

The U.S. Veterans Legacy Project is pleased to present the winners in the Annual Mary Ryan Memorial Poster and Essay Contests. The Delaware County Community should be very proud of the veterans, teachers, students and parents who helped to make these contests so wonderfully successful.   Essay Contests: Sixth Grade: Brianna Golphin, […]

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