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    SAR Youth Contests and Awards

    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

    Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application and Instructions (Applicant Form)


    The current George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Judge-at-Large is Mr. Christopher Smithson​ (ctsmithson@gmail.com​​).

    SAR SocietyKnight Essay Contest Contact
    Alabama SARMichael C. Wells
    Alaska SARThomas J. Rollman
    Arkansas SARJerold W. Montgomery
    Arizona SARDavid Rodier
    California SARKevin A. Tierney
    Colorado SARChristopher Smithson
    Connecticut SARJohn R. Morgan
    Dakota SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Delaware SARDavid E. Schrader
    District of Columbia SARBrock D. Bierman
    Empire State SAR (New York)James M. Eagan
    Florida SARJohn M. Stewart
    1121 32nd Avenue North
    Saint Petersburg, FL 33704
    Georgia SARTerry A. Gibbs
    Hawaii SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Idaho SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Illinois SARGary R. List
    Indiana SARDouglas T. Wilson
    International SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Iowa SARDoug Frazer
    Kansas SARStuart W. Conrad
    Kentucky SARDon D. Adams
    312 Pleasant Street
    Paris, KY 40361-2035
    Louisiana SARArthur F. Schafer
    Maine SARDavid L. Manchester
    Maryland SARC. Louis Raborg, Jr.
    Massachusetts SARDavid E. Schrader
    Michigan SARWilliam G. Vette
    Minnesota SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Mississippi SARGerald P. Brent
    Missouri SARDale A. Schmidt
    Montana SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Nebraska SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Nevada SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    New Hampshire SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    New Jersey SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    New Mexico SARRaymond L. Alexander
    North Carolina SARStephen A. Morris
    Ohio SARDonald C. McGraw, Jr.
    8380 Shawnee Run Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45243-3359
    Oklahoma SARRonald W. Painter
    Oregon SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Pennsylvania SARJ. Rennick Steele, Jr.
    Rhode Island SARRobert B. Baxter
    South Carolina SARGlenn V. Ohanesian
    Tennessee SARGeorge E. Pesely
    Texas SARJohn M. Hamlin
    Utah SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
    Vermont SARZachariah L. Fike
    Virginia SARRichard M. Sherman
    Washington SARDr. Keith Weissinger
    West Virginia SARThomas J. Galloway
    P.O. Box 697
    Huntington, WV 25711-0697
    Wisconsin SARThomas P. Curtis II
    Wyoming SARChristopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com

    Previous Winners

    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.

    YearWinning EssayistSponsoring SAR Society
    2016Joseph NusbaumFlorida SAR
    2015Matthew PenzaConnecticut SAR
    2014Elizabeth LillyVirginia SAR
    2013Bryan HabashiVirginia SAR
    2012Katie LavenderVirginia SAR
    2011Amanda SchanzVirginia SAR
    2010Cody E. NagerEmpire State SAR
    2009Hayley SchoepplerWisconsin SAR
    2008Jenna BarkerSouth Carolina SAR
    2007Derek McMahanKentucky SAR
    2006Kristin PersoniusTexas SAR
    2005H. Curtis KuntzPennsylvania SAR
    2004Daniel E. Sigler
    Empire State SAR
    2003Daniel E. SiglerGeorgia SAR
    2002Nathan W. SkellyMissouri SAR
    2001Stephanie CondonCalifornia SAR
    2000Jenna DonderoTexas SAR
    1999Courtney PowellVirginia SAR
    1998Kimberly BraunDelaware SAR
    1997John RacksonMaryland SAR
    1996Justin JaeckWisconsin SAR
    1995Catherine ClaytonTexas SAR

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