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Alexandria Library’s Annual ‘For Love of Country’ Essay and Poetry Contest Awards Multiple Winners at This Year’s Ceremony

Special Guest Mayor Allison Silberberg joins the For Love of Country winners during the FLOC Awards ceremony. (Photo Credit: Anton Murray/Alexandria Library)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – On Sunday, October 21, Alexandria Library and For Love of Country Foundation hosted their annual “For Love of Country Essay and Poetry Contest” Awards Ceremony at Beatley Central Library located at 5005 Duke Street. The writing contest – open to rising 7th through 9th graders who reside in the City of Alexandria – began in May and ended in September. The topic covered this year was, “You’re eighteen and your friends don’t want to vote. What do you say?”

In total, over 75 entries were submitted. Of the 75 entries, 42 contestants received an award – either gold, bronze, silver or certificate of merit.  Each gold, silver, and bronze award winner received a monetary prize of $100, $50, and $25 respectively. Special Guest, Mayor Allison Silberberg joined the awards ceremony and gave a brief talk about the importance of civic engagement to the audience. Excerpts were read from the Gold winners of the Essay and Poetry submissions.

For more information about the essay and poetry contest, please visit

The For Love of Country Foundation is a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to increasing civic action, promoting participation in the political and governing process, and increasing reasoned voting by improving civic understanding and knowledge of American history.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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