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DAR history contest opens to grades 5-8

The Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is announcing an American History Essay Contest. All students in grades 5-8 in a public, private or parochial school, or those who are home schoolers, are eligible.

This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. The Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter winner will advance to Louisiana State DAR. The state winner will advance to district and possibly become the winner for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The essay topic for 2020–2021: March 5, 2020, marks the 250th anniversary of the Boston Massacre, considered to be a pivotal event that paved the way to the American Revolution. Imagine you are living in Boston and, after witnessing the events of March 5, describe your family’s discussion about the Boston Massacre and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British king and Parliament.

Essay length: Grade 5: 300–600 words. Grades 6-8: 600–1,000 words. The essay is to be handwritten in black ink, typed, or prepared on a computer or word processor, using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point. Adapted instructions are available for blind or special needs students. Please note the entire essay must be the student’s original work. This includes all research, writing and editing, which must be done by the student themselves and not by a parent, teacher, tutor, or other helper.

Deadline for entry is November 20,2020.

Those interested can contact Mary Beth Edwards at marybethedwards26@yahoo.com or 318-617-0212 for complete contest rules and submission information. Entry must be received by Mrs. Edwards by the end of day on Friday, Oct. 31, 2020.