In the academic year 2012-2013, the DAR will be holding two essay contests. The first is the DAR American History Essay Contest, open to students who would be in grades five through eight. Young essayists are instructed to "Focus on the often unrecognized people and groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided military, patriotic, and public service in support of the American Revolution. Describe a particular person or group and how they supported the cause for American Independence. Explain why it is especially important to honor the unsung heroes and often forgotten patriots." The title of prospective entries should read, "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence." The deadline for the DAR American History Essay Contest is December 1st. Further information can be found here.
The second opportunity sponsored by DAR is the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Open to students who would be in grades nine through twelve, students are challenged to explain the ways in which "high faith and indomitable courage" were "demonstrated in the life and actions of Columbus." Inspired by the inscription of a monument dedicated to the explorer in Washington, D.C., one hundred years ago, the DAR asks that submitted essays be titled and respond to the following question, "How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world?" The deadline for the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is December 1st. Further information can be found here.
In the case of both contests, one essay submitted to the Rachel Donelson Chapter of the DAR will be selected to participate in the state-wide competition. Please consider getting involved in this wonderful opportunity, brought to us by a venerable organization. Questions concerning these competitions should be directed to Mary Christiano at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 417.887.6235. And remember, the 2012 Southwest Missouri Homeschool History will feature numerous programs designed to appeal to older students. Even if you were unable to submit a project, do not miss this opportunity to engage historians and civic organizations interested in preserving and celebrating our shared heritage.