New London— High school students can enter an essay contest and an art contest where the winners will ride on the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle during Operation Sail.
Operation Sail, Inc. announced Feb. 12 that it would sponsor the contests for high school students, in conjunction with the USS Constitution Museum, the National Maritime Historical Society, the Navy and the Coast Guard.
The barque will lead a group of tall ships that are visiting several ports to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the writing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” New London was one of the cities chosen to host OpSail.
“This is a great opportunity for high school students to ride into New London harbor on America’s tall ship – the Coast Guard’s Barque Eagle, and I encourage all those interested to enter the contests,” said John S. Johnson, chairman of OpSail Connecticut, organizers of the local event. “We’re talking about the opportunity of a lifetime.”
One winner and one parent or guardian for each port will be invited to ride on the Eagle, or a comparable tall ship, as the vessel participates in an OpSail Parade of Sail, weather permitting.
Students entering the essay contest must write a 1,000-word essay on one of three topics: the role of USS Constitution and the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812; what the Star-Spangled Banner means to me; or the role of the Revenue Cutter Service in the War of 1812.
Essays must be submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment in 12 point, Times New Roman font, double spaced, with one-inch margins. The entrant’s name, e-mail and port of interest must appear on the top right-hand corner of the front page. Essay entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art contest entrants must submit a copy of their original watercolor, oil, or pencil drawing/painting, no greater than 18 inches by 18 inches depicting one of three topics: what the Star-Spangled Banner means to me; a maritime scene from the War of 1812; or a revenue cutter in action during the War of 1812.
Copies of original artwork must be submitted in JPG format under 6 mb in file size. The entrant’s name, e-mail and port of interest must appear in the body of the e-mail. Art entries should be emailed email@example.com. Winners must agree to submit original artwork for display.
The contests are open to students enrolled in public, parochial or private high schools and who will be at least 12 years old by the date of the event for which their work is submitted. The deadline for essays and artwork for the New London port visit is June 1. For student or teacher questions about rules, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.opsail.org.