Grand Prize to be Awarded by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations at the Battle of Midway Commemorative Dinner 9 June 2012
The Navy League of the United States, St. Augustine, Mayport and Jacksonville Councils are proud to sponsor an essay contest about the Battle of Midway. The contest is open to all Sea Cadets and Junior ROTC members in Northeast Florida. The Battle of Midway is considered by many historians to be the most important Naval battle of WWII. The 2012 Dinner will have over 1200 active service, and Navy League guests including Battle of Midway Veterans, Medal of Honor Awardees, and POW’s. The Battle of Midway Dinner is of such importance that Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations will be the keynote speaker, and will personally present the winning award. The Navy League believes that the Dinner is a fitting time for the older generation to “pass the torch” of the glorious history of the Battle of Midway to the younger generation. It will be the rare privilege of the JROTC and Sea Cadet contest winners to pay tribute the veterans of the Battle of Midway.
A grand prize of a $1000 scholarship will be awarded to the best essay in the JROTC and Sea Cadet categories. Each category will also have a second and third prize trophy. The will be a grand prize awarded to June 9, 2012 Midway Dinner personally by Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations. The contest winners will have the additional privilege of having their essay printed in the banquet program and personally meeting Battle of Midway veterans, Medal of Honor winners and other veterans.
Contestants will write an essay on “What the Battle of Midway meant to America and to me personally” of 700 words. Finalists, whose essays will be forwarded to the national judges, will be required to record their essay on camera in DVD format. The essay will require that these questions be answered:
- What made The Battle of Midway so important?
- How was the inferior American force of 28 ships able to defeat the far larger Japanese force of 88 ships?
- What was the role of intelligence in The Battle of Midway
- What moral and strategic lessons can be learned from the Battle of Midway for modern conflicts like the War on Islamic Terror?
- Which single officer or enlisted person of any rank stands out in your mind and why?
- What does the Midway example mean for you personally as a potential member of America’s Armed forces?
3/31-4/4 Essay due to Sea Cadet and JROTC unit CO for review
5/10 Essays and video of contestant essay forwarded to national judge panel
5/31 Winners notified and arrangements to attend banquet finalized
6/9 Prizes awarded by ADM Greenert, CNO at the Battle of Midway banquet World Golf Village St. Augustine, FL
Clay High, Ed White, First Coast, Fleming Island, Mandarin, Middleburg, Orange Park, Ridgeview, Robert E Lee, .
USNSCC FD Roosevelt Squadron (Sea Cadets)
Their Annual Report states that they support 12 High School JROTC units but the units are not individually listed.
Mayport Council Sea Cadet Unit
Terry Parker HS JROTC
Bishop Kenny HS JROTC
St Augustine Battalion Sea Cadet Unit
Nease HS NJROTC
St Augustine HS AJROTC
Matanzas HS AJROTC
Flagler/Palm Coast HS AFJORTC
Cape Canaveral Council
Courageous Division, Sea Cadet Corps
Bay Side HS JROTC
Cocoa Beach HS JROTC
Merritt Island HS JROTC
Daytona Division, U S Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Space Coast Council
Titusville HS, NJROTC