MOUNT VERNON — The Lucy Knox Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution invites area students to enter its 2019-20 American History essay contest. All fifth through eighth-grade students in a public, private or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible.
The title of the essay will be: “The Voyage of the Mayflower.” 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Students are to imagine they are one of the passengers on the Mayflower. Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would they have packed to prepare for the trip and starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea, then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on Nov. 9, 1620, do they think they would have made different choices and why?
Entries for grade five must be 300-600 words. Entries for grade six, seven and eight must be 600 to 1,000 words. All of the essay must be the original work of the student, and include a title page with specific information and a bibliography.
The contest deadline is Oct. 10. One essay at each grade level will be selected as the chapter winner and the essay will be forwarded to the next level in the state competition.
For additional information, students should contact any fifth through eighth grade Language Arts or Social Studies teacher at his or her school or DAR member Suzy Davidson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-504-9117.