Calling all students 4th through 12th grade!
Submit your essay for the CAF Rise Above Squadron’s essay contest saluting the Tuskegee Airmen or the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)!

Using the Six Guiding Principles (Aim High, Believe in Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready to Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win) describe how the Tuskegee Airmen or the WASP achieved success, or choose a goal for yourself and show how you could use the Six Guiding Principles to achieve that goal.

Entries will be judged on overall content, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Each entry must be an original composition written by the student.

The essay contest is open to students in the 4th – 12th grade in an accredited school or home school program during the academic year.

Entries must adhere to the following word count guidelines:

  • 4th – 5th grades 250 words
  • 6th – 8th grades 350 words
  • 9th – 12th grades 500 words

Footnotes, citations, endnotes, and essay titles will not be counted as part of the word count allotment.

Entries must be typed. Each page of the essay must include the author’s name, grade level, name of school or home school program, address and telephone number in the upper right-hand corner of each page. This information will not be counted as part of the word count allotment.

Entries become property of the CAF Rise Above Squadron and will not be returned.

Winners will be requested to send their photograph to be featured along with their essay on the CAF Rise Above Squadron website, Facebook page and newsletter.

Entries must be emailed prior to 5:00pm on or before February 15, 2024. Email your entry to:

Essay contest winners will be announced on March 15, 2024.

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each grade category as follows:

1st place:  MA-Flight backpack black or sage

2nd place: Mustang model kit of the P-51C “Tuskegee Airmen”

3rd place: Choice of aviator wings: TUSKEGEE AIRMEN  or WASP

All entries will receive a Rise Above dog tag and Triumph Over Adversity booklet.