5th Grade Creative Writing Contest

What is the annual 5th Grade “Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest?

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Southern California Chapter is a proud supporter of the American Immigration Council’s (AIC) annual “Celebrate America” creative writing contest for 5th grade students across the United States.

The Chapter sponsors the local contest, which draws participation from hundreds of 5th grade students from both private and public schools across Southern California.  With the writing prompt of, “Why I am Glad America is a Nation of Immigrants,” students are invited to discuss their personal immigration experience, learn about and share family histories or write about the broader questions of the challenges facing immigrants in a new land.

The creativity forms of entries received range from essays, to short stories and poetry. Local winners are honored an annual awards luncheon each summer and the top winner’s entry is entered into the National Competition sponsored by the American Immigration Council where entries are reviewed by a distinguished panel including U.S. senators, award-winning authors and noted journalists.  Winning entries are to be printed in the Congressional Record. The winner and two guests receive an all expenses paid trip to The Council’s Annual Benefit Dinner where he/she is honored and reads his/her winning entry aloud. For additional information about this exciting contest, please visit the AIC’s website at www.celebrateamericawritingcontest.org.

2016-2017’s Contest: And the winners are…

AILA Southern California Chapter received a record breaking number of entries from 5th graders across Los Angeles County and Orange County. All entries were extremely thoughtful, inspirational, and uniquely compelling.For this reason, it is always a tough task to select only a few to win special awards and recognition as all students deserve praise for sharing their stories and creativity.

AILA Southern California Chapter liaisons, attorneys Jennifer Lin and Miho Murai devoted their time to visiting classrooms, collecting these stories, reviewing them and preparing for the annual awards banquet. The Annual Awards luncheon for the local competition was held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California.

This Year: May 2018 at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza

We are looking for volunteers to work with our liaison(s) to help prepare for the awards banquet and help raise donations. Sponsorship opportunities are also available and welcomed.  For details, please contact our Chapter Liaison:

Essay Contest Liaison  Jenna Robinson – jrobinson@fragomen.com

Please also visit the American Immigration Council site for more information.