Essay Contest
The purpose of the Tony Jannus Essay Contest is to foster interest in scheduled commercial aviation, as well as, pilot Tony Jannus' history-making role in the inception of the world-wide industry amongst high schools students throughout the state of Florida. Students in grades 9 - 12* are provided the opportunity to submit an essay of 1000 - 1500 words that integrates one or more of the following:
  • 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; and
  • How Tony Jannus and/or Tony Jannus Award Recipients have stimulated me to explore the aviation industry as a possible career field.
Essays must comply with MLA style format and guidelines. Participants must be enrolled in a Florida school at the time of award. To enter the 2016 Tony Jannus Essay Contest, open the 2016 Essay Contest Form here. The PDF form will open in a new window and allow you to type in the required information. Once you have entered your information, click on the blue "Submit Form" button and it will open an email message with the form attached. Attach your essay and send it to the Tony Jannus Distinguished Aviation Society to enter the contest. You may also scan and email the PDF and essay to: info@tonyjannus.org. The deadline to enter is Monday, November 7, 2016.


Essay Contest Winners
  • 2015 Samantha Burkart ,
  • 2014 Brooke Papa ,
  • 2013 Alexis Wolf ,
  • 2012 Chase Dunn ,
  • 2011 Farhan Hiya ,
  • 2010 James Orso ,
  • 2009 Kathleen Hencke ,