George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.
To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.
The contest is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the state level (if the local society does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating) and a contact-at-large should be used to find out more contest details. The list of contest contacts listed below can provide you with assistance in entering the Knight Essay Contest. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.
A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR member listed below for further details.
George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Rules
George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Application Form
The current George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Judge-at-Large is Mr. Christopher Smithson (email@example.com).
The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Committee is proud to announce the winner of the national contest. Each year, the SAR receives an average of thirty state-level winners from around the country to compete in the national-level contest. Visitors can find a list of the previous George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest national winners below.
|Year||Winning Essayist||Sponsoring SAR Society|
|2016||Joseph Nusbaum||Florida SAR|
|2015||Matthew Penza||Connecticut SAR|
|2014||Elizabeth Lilly||Virginia SAR|
|2013||Bryan Habashi||Virginia SAR|
|2012||Katie Lavender||Virginia SAR|
|2011||Amanda Schanz||Virginia SAR|
|2010||Cody E. Nager||Empire State SAR|
|2009||Hayley Schoeppler||Wisconsin SAR|
|2008||Jenna Barker||South Carolina SAR|
|2007||Derek McMahan||Kentucky SAR|
|2006||Kristin Personius||Texas SAR|
|2005||H. Curtis Kuntz||Pennsylvania SAR|
|2004||Daniel E. Sigler||Empire State SAR|
|2003||Daniel E. Sigler||Georgia SAR|
|2002||Nathan W. Skelly||Missouri SAR|
|2001||Stephanie Condon||California SAR|
|2000||Jenna Dondero||Texas SAR|
|1999||Courtney Powell||Virginia SAR|
|1998||Kimberly Braun||Delaware SAR|
|1997||John Rackson||Maryland SAR|
|1996||Justin Jaeck||Wisconsin SAR|
|1995||Catherine Clayton||Texas SAR|
Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts (under 19 years of age) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application. While the preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, Scouts may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress, and awarded up to $10,000.
College plans do not have to be completed in order to receive the cash award. Three cash awards are given: the National First Place Winner receives $10,000; the Runner-up receives $6,000; and the 2nd Runner-up receives $4,000. Scouts may apply more than one year if he meets the age requirements, but no more than $10,000 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout. Prizes and recognition may also be awarded at the SAR chapter and society level. Each Eagle Scout must complete an application form, a four-generation ancestor chart, and a 500-word patriotic themed essay.
The competition is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The competition is usually entered at the chapter level, though in some cases, the competition may be entered at the society level. Applicants may not enter at the national level. Contest entrants need complete only one application for the SAR chapter-level competition. The application of the chapter-level winner is forwarded to be used in the society- and national-level competitions by the SAR as appropriate. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR member listed below for further details.
Eagle Scout Application
Four-Generation Ancestor Chart and Instructions
|Year||Winning Eagle Scout||Sponsoring SAR Society|
|2016||Grant Mercer||Georgia SAR|
|2015||Padraic G. Hennessey||Missouri SAR|
|2014||Samuel P. Donovan||Missouri Sar|
|2013||David C. Hager||Florida SAR|
|2012||Abram M. Weeks||Utah SAR|
|2011||Robert Rasmussen||Minnesota SAR|
|2010||David Cadwell Pegado||Empire State SAR|
|2009||Gerrit S. Bakker||Michigan SAR|
|2008||Paul Banwart||Minnesota SAR|
|2007||Charles C. McBride II||Conneticut SAR|
|2006||Michael W. Grogan||Missouri SAR|
|2005||John R. Rassmussen||Minnesota SAR|