National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAY CONTEST 2020–2021
(This information is for chapter and school use)
TOPIC: Topic for 2020–2021: March 5, 2020, marks the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, considered to be a
pivotal event that paved the way to the American Revolution. Imagine you are living in Boston and, after
witnessing the events of March 5, describe your family’s discussion about the Boston Massacre and what role it
played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.
PARTICIPANTS: All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home
schoolers, are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. DO
NOT SUBMIT A STUDENT PHOTOGRAPH WITH ENTRY.
LENGTH: Grade 5: 300–600 words Grades 6, 7, and 8: 600–1,000 words
FORM: Essay is to be handwritten in black ink, typed, or prepared on a computer or word processor, using black type
in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point. A limited vision student may use Braille, a
tape recorder, or very large type. A written transcript must be included, as well as a teacher’s or physician’s letter
attesting to the student’s special need.
Please note that the entire essay must be the student’s original work. This includes all research, writing, and
editing, which must be done by the student themselves and not by a parent, teacher, tutor, or other helper. Essay
submissions not following these guidelines will be disqualified.
Each essay must have a title page listing the following:
Title of Essay: “The Boston Massacre”
(A subtitle is permitted if written below the topic.)
Contestant’s full name and address. (street, rural route, PO Box, city, state, zip code) Note: If the school’s
regulations prohibit providing the student contact information, then school contact information may be
substituted.
Contestant’s phone number (with area code) and e-mail address, if available
Name of contestant’s school with grade level indicated
Name of sponsoring DAR chapter
Number of words in essay
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Essay must have a bibliography listing all references utilized. Internet resources, if used, should be cited
in similar format to that used for printed resources. Add the electronic address used to access the
document as supplementary information.
Any essay with information copied directly from sources without using quotes will be disqualified.
JUDGING AND
AWARDS:
Judging will be based on historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest,
originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness, and that is the student’s own work. Pictures, maps,
drawings, graphics, and other such additions will not be considered in judging and should not be included.
Judging at the chapter level is by three judges, including at least one non-DAR judge. Judging at other levels is
by three judges, all of whom are non-DAR members.
CHAPTER: One essay at each grade level is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the state
American History chair for state competition. American History essay contest chapter winner certificates and
bronze medals may be presented by the chapter if desired. In addition, chapters may present certificates of
participation to every student who participates in the essay contest. These supplies are available from The
DAR Store.
STATE: One essay at each grade level is selected as the state winner and forwarded to the appropriate national
division vice chair of American History for division competition. The state winner receives a silver medal and
state winner certificate.
DIVISION: One essay in each grade is selected as the division winner and forwarded for national competition
to the national vice chair. Division winners are presented a division winner certificate.
NATIONAL: One essay in each grade is selected as the national winner. A certificate, gold pin and monetary
award is presented to each national winner at Continental Congress in June 2021. Winning essays may appear
in official DAR communications.
Note: All essays must first be submitted to a local chapter. Essays sent directly to the national chair or vice
chair of the essay contest will not be considered.
DEADLINE: Chapter chairs should determine date for students/schools to forward essays to them to allow for judging to be
completed prior to state deadline. States with district level judging should set appropriate intermediate
deadlines. Date assigned:
NAME AND PHONE NUMBER OF CHAPTER CONTACT PERSON
NAME OF SPONSORING DAR CHAPTER
If additional information about the contest is needed, please contact the Office of the Historian General, NSDAR, at
1776 D Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006–5303 Phone: (202) 879–3256
Document No. AHC-1000 (Revised March 2020) (0520-200-PS)
National Information Packet 2020 • PART II

Fort Sullivan Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Charleston, South Carolina

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