Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

DAR Sponsoring Student Essay Contests

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

DAR Sponsoring Student Essay Contests

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The Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is offering area students the opportunity to submit entries in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contests. The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light. This 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.

The American History essay contest is open students in grades five through eight. It is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin.

The title of the 20162017 American History Essay Contest is: "Celebrating a Century: America's National Parks.

The topic: The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916. The National Park Service manages approximately 84.4 million acres of national parks. Pretend you are writing a journal while visiting one of the 58 national parks. Identify its location. Discuss why and when it was established as a national park. What makes this park one of our national treasures?

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. …

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