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Kubasaki Student Wins AFYMCA Essay Contest

By Bryan Driver, Public Affairs Specialist, Personnel and Family Readiness Division, M&RA, HQMC | Marine Corps Recruiting Command | May 21, 2002

MCB Quantico, VA -- Susanna Wilson, a 10th-grader at Kubasaki High School, on Camp S.D. Butler, Okinawa, recently won a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond for her essay titled "What I love about what reading...DOESN'T do" in the Armed Forces YMCA Essay Contest 2002. Chad Henry Gobar, a 2nd grader at Russell Elementary, on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., received a certificate of Honorable Mention for his essay entry.

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute, the essay contest promotes reading among children and teens of the uniformed services (active-duty, Reserve, Guard and retired), and civilian (DOD and Coast Guard) families. One $500 first place and one $100 second place bond were awarded in categories for first and second grade; third and fourth grade; fifth and sixth grade; and seventh and eighth grade. Students in two high school categories, 9th and 10th, and 11th and 12th, were awarded $1,000 bonds for first place, and a $200 bonds for second place. Additionally, there were two $100 savings bonds awarded for essays receiving honorable mention.

This year's winners were among 1,700 entries received from all five uniformed services. First and second place prizes were awarded to winners in six categories, from first to 12th grade.

Since the Civil War, the Armed Services YMCA has provided educational, recreational, social and spiritual programs to military members and their families. The Armed Services YMCA, an affiliate of the YMCA of the USA has more than 80 military affiliated programs around the world.

To view a complete list of essay winners and read their essays go to

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