Essay Contest

The Paradise Valley Chapter NSDAR participates in the annual American History Essay Contest and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. For more information please contact our Essay Contest Chair.

Celebrate America’s History!

Are you in grades 5 through 8?
You are invited to participate in the American History Essay Contest

Topic for 2019-2020

2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?

Title of Essay:

“The Voyage of the Mayflower”

Open to Grades 5 through 8
Length 300-1,000 words (depending on grade level)

Deadline for submission to Paradise Valley Chapter is December 20, 2019. You can download official contest rules by clicking: (AHC-1000)

Are you in grades 9 through 12? You are invited to participate in the…

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Topic for 2018-2019

The three-ship fleet of Christopher Columbus included two ships known as caravels, Nina and Pinta, and one larger ship which served as Columbus’ flag ship, Santa Maria. Discuss the advantages and disadvantage of these late fifteenth-century ships compared to the modern ships of today and how they would have been prepared for his voyage.

Title of essay:

“A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’
First Expedition to the Americas ”

Open to Grades 9 -12
Length: Between 800 and 1200 words

Deadline for submission to Paradise Valley Chapter is December 20, 2019. You can download official contest rules by clicking: (AHC-1002)