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Annual DAR contests announced

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

The Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is pleased to announce that the group will again participate in their national organization’s essay contests for students.

A local winner will be selected from each grade and will receive a certificate and a medal.  Chapter winners are forwarded to the district level, district winners to state, and state winners to the national level. Last year the chapter was pleased to sponsor a district winner.

The American History Essay Contest is for grades five through eight. The theme this year is “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence”.

The NSDAR has joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest for grades nine through twelve. That theme is “How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world?”

Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

Entry forms have been delivered to all Fayetteville City and Lincoln County Schools, as well as the local private school. Students in registered home-study programs are also encouraged to participate. Both contests will also appeal to scouts working on their American History badges.

For more information and for entry forms, please contact Kay Wiley, the chapter’s American History Chairman. She may be reached at kaywiley@gamil.com, or at 931-433-7320.

Deadline for entries is Monday, Dec. 3.

Authors of winning essays for each grade will be recognized at the February chapter meeting. Their teachers and parents will also be invited to attend.