Contests and Awards

California DAR awards

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The Rincon del Diablo Chapter, NSDAR, sponsors the following contests and awards: 

5th–12th Grade Student History Essay Contest - Our chapter sponsors two annual contests for students in local public, private, parochial, and home schools. Chapter winners will be recognized at a regularly scheduled meeting. All chapter winners will move on to compete at the statewide level. The state winners will compete at a district Level and those winners will go on to compete nationally for first, second, and third place.

Deadline for both: November 7, 2021

For essay submission or questions: rdddaressaycontest@gmail.com

These contests are conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.


Grades 5–8: American History Essay Contest

Topic: November 11, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation?

Word Count: Grade 5: 300–600 words; Grades 6, 7, and 8: 600–1,000 words

Each grade will be judged separately, with one winner chosen per grade to compete at the State Level. Chapter will recognize first, second, and third place.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Reading Resources

American History Essay Information and Style Guide

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 and not by a parent, teacher, tutor, or other helper. Judging will be based on historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness, and that it is the student’s own work.

 

Grades 9–12: Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Contest

Topic: Select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773 – 1783). Discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, and who he or she was and his/her contribution to the founding of a new nation. Figures may be any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman, or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small.

Word Count: 800–1,200 words

All grades will be judged together, with one winner chosen to compete at the state Level. Chapter will recognize first, second, and third place.

How to Write a Competitive Essay Tips and Tricks

Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Information and Style Guide

Students are encouraged to use primary sources (i.e., immediate, first-hand accounts such as letters, diaries, speeches, or newspaper reports) for their research. Lesser well-known figures are acceptable, but subjects must have been actual participants, i.e., not fictionalized. Any essay with information copied directly from sources without using quotes will be disqualified.

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 and not by a parent, teacher, tutor, or other helper. Judging will be based on historical accuracy, bibliography/quality of references, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness and evidence as student’s own work.


Women in American History - We honor notable women from our community and throughout the state of California.


Outstanding American History Teacher - Our chapter members nominate a distinguished teacher of American History, Government, or Civics for grades 5 through twelve. The winner receives a cash award and may continue to judging at the state and national level.


JROTC and Sea Cadet Scholarships - Our chapter awards scholarships, commemorative medals, and certificates to JROTC students at Ramona High School, Orange Glen High School, and Rancho Bernardo High School.

 

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

California State Society Daughters of the American Revolution