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 2021-2022

November 11, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation?

Title of Essay:

“THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER”

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

Deadline for submission to Paradise Valley Chapter is December 23, 2021. You can download official contest rules by clicking: (AHC-1000)

Patriots of the American Revolution DAR High School Essay Contest

Open to Grades 9 through 12
Length Between 800 and 1,200 words

Topic: Select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773 – 1783). Discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and his/her contribution to the founding of a new nation. Figures may be any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small.

Students are encouraged to use primary sources (i.e., immediate, first-hand accounts such as letters, diaries, speeches or newspaper reports) for their research, lesser well-known figures are acceptable, but subjects must have been actual participants, i.e. not fictionalized.

Deadline for submission to Paradise Valley Chapter is December 23, 2021. You can download official contest rules by clicking: (AHC-1002)