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Twenty-first Star Chapter Announces NSDAR Essay Contest

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Gail Enault

The Twenty-first Star Chapter of NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) is looking for students to compete in this year's annual American History Essay Contest. All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, and those who are home schooled are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

2013-2014 Title: "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution"

Topic: Pretend you are a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war is affecting your life.

The war dramatically changed the lives of children during the Revolution. Some actually followed their fathers into battle; others stayed home and assumed new responsibilities that were necessary for their families' survival. Imagine yourself in the place of such a child taking on important and often adult responsibilities. Describe some of the changes that are taking place in your life and that of your family as you face this new situation. You may portray either a historical child or a fictional child living in the era of the American Revolution.

One essay at each grade level is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the district American History chairman for further competition. Judging will be based on historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness. [Pictures, maps, drawings, graphics and other such additions will not be considered in judging and should not be included.] Deadline for submission is October 22, 2013. If you know someone who would like to participate, please contact Twenty-first Star Chapter Historian, Nancy Meyer at 847-824-1150 or for the details and specific guidelines for this year's contest.