High School Essay Contest: “One Veteran’s Story”

The sport’s own, oldest, and most successful charity – the Bowlers to Veterans’ Link — in partnership with USBC Youth, is launching a nationwide writing contest open to high school aged USBC members focusing on the subject “One Veteran’s Story.” The contest is designed to uncover and spotlight the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans.

“We are pleased to be able to create this unique platform to offer our high school bowlers the opportunity to share their writing skills as well as their knowledge of a veteran’s backstory,” says BVL Board Chairman John LaSpina. “Too often, we go about our days and forget the sacrifices of the heroes in our midst. We believe these young writers and this contest can be the catalyst to shine a light on our deserving heroes.”

The winning essayist will receive 50 scholarship points from USBC.  There will be two honorable mention prizes of 10 scholarship points.

Entries will be judged by three of the sport’s leading writers:  Senior Editor of Bowlers Journal International and Editor of Bowling Center Management Bob Johnson; Publisher and Editor of International Bowling Industry Scott Frager; and Operations Manager of the International Bowling Media Association Jackie Wyckoff.



  • Entries can be uploaded between Veterans Day, November 11, 2016 and December 31, 2016.  Winners will be announced in January 2017.
  • Entries must be original, unpublished work.
  • By submitting work to the contest, the student is confirming that he or she is the author.
  • Only one submission per essayist.
  • Submissions may be uploaded in DOC, DOCX, or PDF formats.
  • All submissions must be at least 1,500 words.
  • Each submission must include the student’s name, high school, year of graduation, home address and USBC association name and membership number.
  • Submissions are accepted ONLY through the online portal.
  • Submitting to the contest signals agreement to all contest rules, assent to publication and assent to public recognition as a winner or finalist in all BVL electronic and print media.


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