DAR seeks local students for American History Essay Contests

Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution seeks Scottsdale students for participation in the National DAR’s American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests.

Contests are open to students in public, private, and parochial schools and registered home-study programs and are conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

Students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8, are eligible to enter the American History essay contest. Deadline for chapter entries is Jan. 14, 2015.

Grand Canyon DAR’s 2013-14 Christopher Columbus essay contest winner, Chaparral High School senior Anita Ramaswamy, shown here with National DAR Recording Secretary General, Barbara Carpenter, was honored at the National Columbus Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. as the National DAR and National Italian American Foundation Christopher Columbus Essay Contest First Place-National winner.

Grand Canyon DAR’s 2013-14 Christopher Columbus essay contest winner, Chaparral High School senior Anita Ramaswamy, shown here with National DAR Recording Secretary General Barbara Carpenter.

To commemorate 2015 as the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station, the 2015 contest title is “A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island.” One essay at each grade level is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the Arizona state American History chairman for state competition.

All students receive a participation certificate and each chapter grade level winner is honored at the chapter’s awards luncheon in March. The chapter has had several first-place winners at state level.
DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation in 1996 to sponsor the Christopher Columbus essay contest for students in grades 9 through 12.

The 2014-15 contest title is “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.” One chapter winning essay is submitted to the Arizona state American History chairman for judging.

State winners are then judged at division and national level. Deadline for chapter entries is Dec. 12, 2014.
The chapter’s 2013 Christopher Columbus essay contest winner, Anita Ramaswamy, was chosen the National DAR and National Italian American Foundation contest winner.

For more information on DAR’s American History essay contests visit: www.dar.org/national-society/education/essay-contests.

For contest entries at the chapter level, teachers and parents are asked to contact chapter regent Kathy Shields at 602-820-5427 or dargrandcanyon@gmail.com.

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