From staff reports

MUSKEGON, Mich. – In honor of the late Andrew Breitbart, has created the “Annual Andrew Breitbart Memorial Essay Contest,” for K-12 students throughout the United States.

Each contestant will be asked to produce an essay answering the question, “What does America mean to you?” The contest will have three divisions – elementary (grades K-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12).

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Breitbart, a conservative commentator and founder of several popular national websites, passed away in March at the age of 43.

“Andrew loved America and loathed the ‘fundamental transformation’ that progressives are inflicting on our nation through our education system and other cultural institutions,” said Kyle Olson, founder and publisher of and close Breitbart ally on educational issues.

“We were happy warriors with Andrew, and we believe students writing about their appreciation of America and all our nation has done for freedom around the world would have brought him great joy. His legacy will live on through this effort to challenge American children to more fully understand and appreciate their nation.”

Essays should be limited in length to 100 words in the K-5 division, 250 words in the middle school division and 300 words in the high school division. Entries may be submitted exclusively at until 5pm EST Friday, August 10, 2012.

The top 10 essays in each division will be chosen by staff, then voted on by the public at, beginning at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, August 13, 2012 and concluding at 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, August 19, 2012.

The top vote-getters will be announced at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. The winner of each division will receive $500. The two runners-up in each division will receive $250.

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Complete contest rules can be found at

To further honor Breitbart’s memory, is encouraging Americans to contribute to The Breitbart Children’s Trust.