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.
Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application and Instructions (Applicant Form)
Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application and Instructions (Sponsoring SAR Form)
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|