TAMPA, Fla. (October 15, 2012) – High school students currently enrolled in a Florida high school are encouraged to enter the Tony Jannus Essay Contest – entries are due Friday, October 26 by 5pm. The Tony Jannus Essay Contest caters to students with an interest incommercial aviation and the history-making feats of daredevil, Tony Jannus,pilot of the St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line, the world’s first schedule commercial flight enterprise.
The TonyJannus Distinguished Aviation Society sponsors the essay contest as part of its annual Tony Jannus Awards program. The purpose is to encourage the interest and knowledge of young aviation enthusiasts. Candidates in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to submit an essay of 1000-1500 words on one of four topics. Topics include:
· Florida’s influence on worldwide commercial aviation with particular reference to the contribution and legacy of Tony Jannus
· The contribution to commercial aviation by one of the recipients of the Tony Jannus Award.
· The economic impact of commercial aviation with particular reference to jobs, trade and tourism
· How Tony Jannus and/or Tony Jannus Award Recipients have stimulated me to explore the aviation industry as a possible career field.
The Grand Prize winner will be awarded three round-trip airline tickets to any destination served by Southwest Airlines, plus a $600 spending allowance. 1st and 2nd runners up will also receive prizes. The responsible educator of the Grand Prize Winner will also be awarded two round trip airline tickets to any destination served by Southwest Airlines.
To enter the 2012 Tony Jannus Essay Contest, visit www.tonyjannusaward.com to view and open the entry form.
About the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society:
The Tampa and St. Petersburg Chambers of Commerce established The Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society in 1964. The Smithsonian Institute recognized Tony Jannus as the founder of the world’s first scheduled airline. The airline – which began flights on New Year’s Day, 1914 – had only one plane, a single-engine Benoist flying boat that flew round trips daily between Tampa and St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information on the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society visit www.TonyJannus.org.