Maryland students can enter a contest challenging them to tell the story of the “Star-Spangled Banner” any way they choose and get a chance to win a sail aboard the Pride of Baltimore.
In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, the contest is open to all Maryland students in grades K-12. They are asked to tell the story of the “Star-Spangled Banner” however they choose — through watercolor paintings, photography, poems, essays, videos, interpretive dance, diorama, sculptures and more.
The winners and one guest will be invited to sail aboard the Pride on Sunday, May 19th during the National Maritime Day commemoration and wreath laying ceremony. The top projects will also be featured on the Pride of Baltimore website through December.
Projects (or images of projects) can be submitted through the Pride of Baltimore website or mailed to Pride of Baltimore, Inc. Star-Spangled Student Contest, 2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 330, Baltimore, MD 21224.
The project submission deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, May 9. Fifteen winners will be announced on May 15.
The Pride of Baltimore is a reconstruction of an early 19th century Baltimore Clipper. These sleek, fast, and maneuverable vessels became famous as privateers during the War of 1812. Their success in capturing British merchant ships inspired the Royal Navy’s attack on Baltimore in 1812. When Francis Scott Key saw the American flag still flying after the all-night bombardment of Fort McHenry, he was inspired to pen the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
This year is the first in many that Pride will remain in local waters – traveling to as many Maryland ports as possible throughout the Star-Spangled Summer of 2014, reaching between 50,000 and 100,000 people in her port visits throughout the state. Since her commissioning in October of 1988, Pride has traveled over 250,000 nautical miles, visited 40 countries, and docked in over 200 ports of call. For more information on Pride’s 2014 sailing schedule, education initiatives, or membership program, visit www.pride2.org.