RANCHO SANTA FE — The De Anza Chapter of the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution announced the launch of its American History Essay Contest for the 2010-2011 academic year. All fifth-grade through eighth-grade students are invited to celebrate America’s history by completing essays on a historically significant topic relating to an American milestone. The contest is being co-chaired by Debbie Giese and Joanne Dudek from the De Anza chapter.
Since 1957, schools across the nation have participated in this annual event and the essay topic this year is “The Memoirs of Paul Revere.” In celebration of the 235th anniversary of Paul Revere’s midnight ride from Boston to Lexington, the students are to imagine they are the famous American patriot Revere who is writing his memoirs. This includes various accomplishments for which Revere wishes to be remembered in the annals of American History.
The top local winner from each grade will receive a certificate, a medal and a $100 cash award from the De Anza NSDAR Chapter and an opportunity to advance in the state and national awards. In previous years, finalists from San Diego County schools have been selected as district and state winners and all local students have the potential to become a national winner in this year’s contest.
Students from fifth grade through eighth grade are eligible to participate. The essay submission deadline is between Oct. 16 and Oct. 29. The mission of the De Anza Chapter of the NSDAR is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, to promote knowledge of American history, to conduct genealogical research and to cherish, maintain and perpetuate American freedom, liberty and patriotism. For further information on the essay contest, contact Joanne Dudek at [email protected] or (858) 756-3326.