Annual Daughters Of The American Revolution History Essay Contest

ANNUAL DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST – OPEN TO GILBERT STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-12
      [Submitted by Maura Mackowski, Gov. George W. P. Hunt Chapter, Gilbert ]

Each year the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) sponsors two history essay contests for grades 5-12. The Gov. George W. P. Hunt Chapter, named for our state’s first governor, represents the Gilbert area and we invite all Gilbert and Higley students in grades 5-8 to participate. Chapter winners advance to the state competition. Beyond that are regional and national levels, with recognition at each step. NSDAR’s goal is to promote an understanding and appreciation of American history and of our nation’s founding principles. This competition is cosponsored by the National Italian American Foundation.

ESSAY TOPICS:
GRADES 5-8 write about the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869, with the driving of the Golden Spike. Students are asked to describe their feelings as though they were one of the many diverse participants in this moment in U.S. history.
GRADES 9-12 are to discuss and analyze Christopher Columbus’ early influences and experiences and how these contributed to successes and failures in his voyages of exploration.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by December 22, 2009

COST: no entry fee

CONTACT: Maura Mackowski, maura_mackowski@hotmail.com, 480-926-4765 to request a copy of the rules as to length, format, and bibliography by mail.

FOR STUDENTS OUTSIDE GILBERT/HIGLEY: Students who live outside those school districts’ boundaries should go to http://www.dar.org/natsociety/chapters.cfm?State=AZ to locate a chapter in their area. CONTACT: Office of the Historian General, NSDAR, 202-879-3256

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