American History Essay Winners

Crystal Lakes Elementary teacher Tammy Reinhart read Catylin Lamb's winning essay on Phyllis Wheatley, who published a book of poetry the year after her emancipation from slavery.

Crystal Lakes Elementary teacher Tammy Reinhart read Catylin Lamb’s winning essay on Phyllis Wheatley, who published a book of poetry the year after her emancipation from slavery.

Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor an American History Essay contest for local students in grades 5-8, with a designated theme. This year’s theme was ‘Forgotten Patriots’, people who bravely served in the Revolutionary War in a number of capacities but didn’t get historical recognition enjoyed by others. Included in the group were many Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans and women, some who disguised themselves as men and actually fought for our independence.

The NSDAR American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s history.

The contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

Participating chapters send one winning essay from each of the four grades for judging on the state level. The state will send one winning essay from each of the four grades to be judged on a divisional level. The winning essay from each of the four grades will then be judged on the national level and the winners are announced.

Each student participant receives a certificate of participation from the chapter and the chapter winners receive bronze medals and certificates. State winners receive certificates and silver medals. National winners receive special certificates, medals, and a monetary award.