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 2018-2019

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on August 18, 1920. This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution. Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women’s suffrage campaigns were having impact on Americans politically and socially. Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.

Title of Essay:

“The Women’s Suffrage Campaign”

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, 2018. 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:

“Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus the Ships of Today”

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

Deadline for submission to Paradise Valley Chapter is December 20, 2018. You can download official contest rules by clicking: (AHC-1002)