George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

The Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all U.S. citizen students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in grades 9 through 12.

To participate, students must submit an original 800 to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.

Essays are defined in the contest rules (download using the link on the right side of this page). The competition is conducted in two phases. The winner of the competition at the state level will receive $1,000 and advance to the national competition. The winner at the national level will receive $5,000, a medal, and up to $500 toward travel expenses and one-night hotel stay for the winner and a chaperone at the annual SAR Congress. The runner-up will receive $2,500, and the 2nd runner up will receive $1,000.

Completed essays must be received no later than midnight 31 December 2019. The submission of questions and completed essays can be done by using the “Contact Us!” form on this web page.

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