May 16, 2021

DAR announces essay contest for local students

(Franklin, GA) — The James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, is pleased to invite all Heard County students in grades 9 through 12 to participate in this National Essay Contest.

Since 1996, the DAR has joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor an annual national essay contest on Christopher Columbus.

The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

The title for 2019-2020 is, “A Sailors Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas”

Topic: Christopher Columbus’ first expedition set off in August of 1492. He and his men explored the Caribbean for five months after arriving in October. Imagine you are a sailor who accompanied Columbus on this voyage and now have returned to Spain. Describe your impression of Columbus and perception of the purpose of the expedition. Talk about your experiences on the voyage, detailing the places and people you encountered, and what you see as the significance of the discoveries made.

One chapter winning essay will be selected to move onto state level here in Georgia. State winners are forwarded to the SE Division for judging.

All SE division essay winners will be sent to the National Chairman who will forward them to the National Italian American Foundation for final judging.

The National Italian American Foundation will award $1200 to the first-place national winner in addition to paid lodging and transportation for one parent or guardian to Washington, DC, in October 2020, to read his or her winning essay at the Christopher Columbus Celebration.

Essays are required to a range of 800 to 1,200 words.

The essay deadline for our local students is November 15, 2019.  There are specific requirements for the essay that James Stewart Chapter members will be happy to send to you.

Please email us at or call (770) 856-3354 and speak to a chapter representative.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. Working with our local youth is rewarding as we watch them become the leaders of tomorrow.

To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit or call your local chapter.

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