DECEMBER 4, 2013

Essay and art contests now open to local students through DAR

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SCOTTSDALE – Calling all pre-school-12th grade students, in a public, private, parochial, or home school, who love art, writing, or are interested in applying for scholarships! The Grand Canyon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, has opened several Essay and Art Contests to local students, as part of one of their primary objectives, promoting education. These contests will allow children to demonstrate the principles of our democratic government, promote good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history.

The Junior American Citizens (JAC) Contest has categories offered in art, creative expression, and community service, and is open to all pre-school through 12th grade students. Entries are judged by grade and category of entry. This year’s contest theme is “Honoring our Heritage.” Categories for the 2013-2014 contest include Poster Design, Postal Stamp Design, Banner, Photographic Essay, Community Service, Poem, and Short Story. The deadline for contest submissions to Grand Canyon Chapter is January 1, 2014.

The American History Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5 through 8 and the theme of essay submissions revolves around writing from the point of view of a boy or a girl during the colonial fight for freedom, portraying either a historical child or a fictional child living in the era of the American Revolution. The deadline for essay submissions is January 10, 2014.

The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12. The theme of this year’s essay is a comparison of similarities and differences between Christopher Columbus and George Washington, how they overcame the challenges, adversities they faced and what can Americans apply to their own lives from the experiences of these men. The deadline for essay submissions is December 13, 2013.

If you or someone you know is interested in entering any of these contests, visit their website at or email for contest entry information and forms.

The Grand Canyon Chapter will hold their next meeting on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m., with a special performance by the Shadow Mountain High School Choral Ensemble, directed by Rick Ross. Meetings are open to the public. For information on upcoming meetings or joining the DAR, contact Regent, Katie Paulsen, at

For more information on the DAR Grand Canyon Chapter of Scottsdale, visit