Ride on Eagle is OpSail art, essay contest prize

New London — Operation Sail Inc., the national nonprofit organization, is sponsoring essay and art contests for high school students.

The winners will be awarded a ride on the Coast Guard Barque Eagle during OpSail2012Ct in New London in July 6-9.

"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," John Johnson, chairman of New London's OpSail said in a statement released last week. "We're talking about the opportunity of a lifetime."

The deadline for New London students is June 1. For student/teacher questions about rules, contact: contest@opsail.org

Essays must be 1,000 words and must focus on one of the following topics:

• The role of the USS Constitution and the U.S. Navy in the War of 1812.

• What the Star-Spangled banner means to me.

• The Role of the Revenue Cutter Service in the War of 1912.

Art contest entrants must submit a copy of an original watercolor, oil, or pencil drawing/painting, no greater than 18-by-18 inches depicting one of three topics:

• What the Star-Spangled Banner means to me.

• A maritime scene from the War of 1812.

• A revenue cutter in action during the War of 1812.

The contests are open to all students enrolled in public, parochial or private schools and who will be at least 12 years old by date of the event for which their work is submitted.

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