Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest

Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest
The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest

 

The National Society SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to announce the National Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest.  The aim of this contest is to stimulate interest in American History in support of the established school curriculum.  
 
This contest is directed at students in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students. This completion was begun to aid studies at the school grades following elementary school and before the sophomore grade in high school.  If the American Revolution period of American History is technically not specifically covered during these middle school grades, an entry will still be accepted for the competition by the state society.
 
The contest is also open to Scouts (Boys & Girls) and members of the C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.  In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry.  
 
The topic/theme for the Middle School Brochure Contest is the same as the topic/theme for the Elementary School Poster Contest in a specific School Year.  The topic/theme for the Poster and the Brochure Contests is set by the NSSAR Americanism Committee annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting.  Beginning in 2013, the Committee began to select the annual topic to coincide with the location of the upcoming Annual Congress.  The upcoming topic/theme will continue to be announced after the winning posters and winning brochures are recognized at each Congress, the hope is that by having up to 3 years of future themes available, compatriots will be better able to work with local schools in planning curricula and thus increase participation in these contests.
 
The topic for the contest is:
 

"The Foundational Documents of the United States"

These include:
Articles of Confederation
Declaration of Independence
Constitution
Federalist Papers
Bill of Rights
 
 
The Official name of the Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest is: The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest.  The hope is that some student will ask:
Who was Moses Adams?
 
Which will open up a teaching moment for teachers and SAR Compatriots on the ultimate sacrifice men have made so that we can experience the freedom we enjoy.  
 
“Sgt. Adams was with the 13th Massachusetts Regiment.  He died at Valley Forge.  He did not do anything historically significant other than to give his life for our freedom, along with 25,000 other men.  This contest is so named in their honor, and the families who suffered their loss for generations.”
 

The Brochure Contest rules and Resource Material Can be found here.

Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest Rules

 
Rules for Contest Entrants: 
  1. Open to students in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students.  A student can only enter once during these school grades.   One Brochure per student - Not by a group
  2. The brochures must conform to the yearly theme
  3. Brochure size: The brochures must be made from a single 8 ½” x 11” piece of blank printer paper. The paper should be folded according to the instructions provided for the contest. The content of the various panels of the brochure should align with the instructions provided. (See under Resource Material below ‘SAR Brochure Panels Explained’ - page 4 of 9 page Guide)
  4. Paper thickness: The thickness of paper in the US is commonly expressed on the package of paper as the “weight”. For the purposes of the contest, choose 8 ½” x 11” paper with a ‘weight’ of 32 lbs. or less. [Construction paper is usually too thick – over 32 lbs., but may be used providing the Brochure can be tri-folded]  Paper color: White paper is most common, but pastel, or color paper is acceptable.
  5. Artwork: All artwork on brochures should be hand drawn. Do not paste pictures from magazines, books, or the Internet onto the brochure. Do not use clip art. Tracing is permissible and simple drawings that represent complex concepts are encouraged for those who may doubt their artistic skills. Ideas are the most important element in these brochures and the art is merely a means of conveying those ideas. *
  6. Pasting: Pasting of hand drawn art work onto a master is permitted. Lighter paper weights (e.g. 20, 24 lbs.) are recommended for items to be pasted onto a master.
  7. Text: The written text is commonly hand printed. Typed text sections (even pasted on) are also permitted. [CAUTION: This must be original text written by the student – not clipped from magazines, books or taken off the Internet.] *
  8. Identification: See under Resource Material below ‘SAR Brochure Panels Explained’.  Make special note that the student’s name and school on the Back Panel of the brochure is covered by a 3”x 3” Post-It® note throughout all judging at the Chapter, State and National level.
  9. Brochure entries may be disqualified for these reasons: (a) did not adhere to the Annual Americanism Theme; (b) is not 8 ½” x 11” in size; (c) is not a tri-folded brochure (cannot be folded).  
  10. Judging: Brochures will be judged using a scoring rubric focusing on the following elements:
       a. Content   b. Creativity   c. Correctness
  11. PRIZES INCLUDE:  Awards and Cash!  
    Prizes & Awards for local contests vary by SAR Chapter and by State.  The National Prize & Awards are:  1st Place: $200 2nd Place: $150 3rd Place: $100.

* Leniency Note:  

In the spirit of encouraging entries in the contest’s inaugural year (2013-14) and reducing disqualifications the word “should” may replace “must” in the detailed instructions.  

The Americanism Committee has approved this guideline: The judging Criteria rates highest hand drawn art work and authored text by the student as oppose to cut and paste from books, magazines and the Internet.  

Rules and Regulations for State Societies

In this the contest’s inaugural year (2013-14) the “Rules and Regulations for State Societies” will not be finalized until the Americanism Committee meets at the NSSAR 2014 Spring Leadership Meeting. 
 
For planning purposes, State Societies can assume the Brochure “Deadline” for submission will be the same as for the Poster Contest – June 1st. 
 
The reason for the delay is that the Brochure Contest judging at the National level will be conducted by a panel of judges before Congress.  The judging process – which is based upon the pilot state’s three years of experience – needs to be presented to the Americanism Committee and a ‘call for judges’ needs to be made. 

If there are any questions, contact the NSSAR Americanism Committee Chairman, or Contact: Tom Adams, NSSAR Brochure Contest Chairman   tomadams1776atyahoo [dot] com  916.933.1374

 


Resource Material: 

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brochure_sample_2012-13_c.pdf1.16 MB
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