Cash Won in Contest for Patriotic Slogans

The American Education League awarded more than $3,000 to area high school students this week for their winning entries in the 20th annual Patriotic Slogan Contest.

John Leicht, a graduating senior at El Dorado High School in Placentia, won the $650 first prize for his slogan “America--Where Freedom Is Job 1.”

Andrea Higuera of El Toro High School won second place and $450 for her slogan, “Strong Defense--Forget Dollars, Think Sense.”

Third place and $300 was awarded to Scott Fitzpatrick from Canyon High in Anaheim for his slogan, “Freedom--The Universal Language,” and Gary Grebey won fourth place and $250 for his slogan, “A Country That Prays Together Stays Together.”


Monica Che of Cypress High won fifth place and $200 for her entry of “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try Free Enterprise.”

More than 10,000 students from 65 schools participated in the contest.

“We feel that this contest is a great opportunity for kids to express themselves and their feelings about this country,” said Edward Rankin, executive director of the foundation. “The top winning slogans have been printed on red, white and blue paper for distribution in our foundation’s announcements.”

The Patriotic Slogan contest was started by Walter Knott, founder of Knott’s Berry Farm, in 1971.