Tom Giaimo to Help Judge Military Child Poetry Contest
Gopher wrestler and Air Force ROTC member Tom Giaimo will serve as a guest judge for the "My Experience as a Military Child" poetry contest.

April 11, 2013

University of Minnesota Wrestler Tom Giaimo has been invited to serve as a guest judge for the Second Annual Military Child Poetry Contest hosted by Senator Al Franken.

Senator Franken is hosting the “My Experience as a Military Child” contest for the second year in a row in a continued effort to recognize the extraordinary work of our men and women who serve, as well as their families.

Giaimo, who is also a member of the University of Minnesota’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps, will assist in selecting a winner of the competition, along with other special guests: Minnesota Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Larry Shellito; Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen; Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, Major General Rick Nash; and Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius.

The “My Experience as a Military Child” poetry contest is for children of military families in grades K-12 throughout Minnesota with three age categories (K-6, 7-9, and 10-12). This includes children who have parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, or uncles who are either active military or military veterans. A winner in each age group will be selected based on criteria including relevance to theme, creativity, judge’s impression, fluency, structure, and technical excellence.

Entries were due for submission on April 10, 2013. Winners will be honored at a reception to take place in May at Senator Franken’s office in St. Paul.




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