D E L AW AR E C O U N T Y I N T E R M E D I AT E U N I T
                                     Education Service Center
                                          200 Yale Avenue
                                  Morton, Pennsylvania 19070-1918
                                        Phone (610) 938-9000
                                       Lawrence J. O’Shea, Ph.D.
                                           Executive Director

To:            Delaware County Middle School Principals, Curriculum Directors

From:          Delaware County Intermediate Unit
               U.S. Veterans Legacy Project

Subject:       2012 Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest

Date:          October 16, 2012

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit, U.S. Veterans Legacy Project and National Veterans
Education Project are pleased to announce the 2012 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 war history, veterans and how they help preserve
our freedom, to demonstrate to our veterans that our students are indeed grateful for their service
and to provide our youth with a way to say thank you to our veterans for dedicating their lives to
protect our country. We also believe it is important that our students have an opportunity to learn
more about the political, economic and social circumstances that led to wars throughout our history.
The contest is an integral part of the overall Veteran’s Day event – a long-standing tradition in
Delaware County. We look forward to having your school participate this year.

The essay contest is open to all Delaware County students in grades 6 through 8. A 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place winner will be chosen for the contest, each one winning a cash prize. The winners will be
asked to read his/her winning essay during the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony at 11:00
a.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012, in front of the Delaware County Courthouse in Media, PA.

The theme for the Parade is “Honoring the New Greatest Generation.” The essay contest
question is:

“What is the New Greatest Generation and how does it differ from the Greatest Generation?”

Complete rules and details are listed on the attached information page, which we ask that you
distribute or post within your school and encourage your students to participate. Should you have
any questions, please contact Adriene Irving, Delaware County Intermediate Unit, 610-938-9000,
ext. 2058 or at
                            Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest 2012

Question: “What is the New Greatest Generation and how does it differ from the Greatest

Deadline: November 5, 2012

Eligibility: Delaware County students in grades 6-8

Information and Guidelines: "The Greatest Generation" is a term coined by journalist Tom
Brokaw to describe the generation who were born in the United States between 1901 and 1924,
grew up during the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, and whose
productivity within the war's home front made a significant contribution to the war effort. When
they came back from the war, they helped rebuild America into a superpower. Recently, the term
“The New Greatest Generation” has been defined as the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who are
using their strategic and leadership skills which they acquired during the war, to make an impact at
home and are forging a brighter future for our country.

Contest Guidelines: Students should do some research about “The Greatest Generation” to learn
about their valiant efforts during World War II and the contributions they made toward rebuilding
America after the Great Depression, and about “The New Greatest Generation” to learn about how a
different war has brought about a different military tactic and how these veterans are bringing home
a different set of skills. Students can also do personal interviews with veterans of the war in Iraq and
Afghanistan or World War II or people who have a close connection and personal experience with
the war.

  1) Essays will be read by a panel and judged according to adherence to the theme, creativity
      and basic conventions of writing.
  2) Essays should be a maximum of 300 words, researched through veteran interviews,
      publications, books, Internet or classroom studies.
  3) Essays must be typed on 8 ½ by 11 inch paper with a separate cover sheet indicating the
      student’s name, grade, phone number, email address, school and teacher’s name.
  4) One entry per student.
  5) Submission deadline is November 5, 2012.
  6) All entries become property of the U.S. Veterans Legacy Project.
  7) There will be a first, second and third place winner, with each receiving a cash prize. The
      winners will be asked to read his/her essay during the 2012 Veterans Day Parade and
      Ceremony on Monday, November 12.
  8) All submissions should emailed to the attention of Mrs. Adriene Irving at Call 610-938-9000 ext. 2058 for further information or if there are
      any questions or concerns.
  9) The Mary Ryan Memorial Essay Contest is open to all public, private, parochial and home
      schooled middle school students who reside in or attend schools in Delaware County.
      Delaware County students who attend schools in other counties are also welcome to enter
      this contest.
  10) Judging will be completed and winners announced by November 6, 2012.
Good luck!

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