LEWISTON – The Lewiston Elks Lodge 371 Americanism Committee announced the Americanism Essay Contest winners at the Lewiston Middle School Pride Assembly on Feb. 16.

The winners are: first, Kailee Brown; second, Katie Avery; and third, Danielle Taylor. The theme was “What Old Glory Means to Me.” The contest is part of a nationwide program offered by the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

The winning essays have advanced to the district level. Winners at that level will advance to the state level, where those winners will have the opportunity to read their essay at the Maine Elks Association Convention in May.

At the local level, the Lewiston Elks Lodge awarded the first place winner $50; second, $15; and third, $10. In addition, every participant received a movie pass.

Each year, the Elks offer such programs to encourage young people across the country to express support for their country and to promote the principals of Americanism.

The Elks also offer many other programs that support youth, including the drug awareness program, scholarship programs, hoop and soccer shoots.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country. Since its inception in 1868, the Order of Elks has grown to include over one million men and women in almost 2,200 communities.

For more information on the Elks or any of the programs, visit www.elks.org, www.maineelks.org or the Lewiston lodge at 784-4801.

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