Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest
The National Society SAR Americanism Committee is pleased to announce the National Americanism Poster 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 3rd, 4th or 5th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students.
The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and CAR (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 for the Poster Contest is set by the NSSAR Americanism Committee annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting for the upcoming school year. The topic is announced at the Annual NSSAR Congress after the winning poster for the current year is recognized.
The topic for the Poster Contest 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. While the upcoming topic will continue to be announced after the winning poster is 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 this contest.
The topic for 2013 - 2014 year’s contest is:
"Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox"
Themes for the upcoming years will be:
2014-2015 George Rogers Clark Congress Location: Louisville, KY
2015-2016 Lexington & Concord Congress Location: Boston, MA
2016-2017 The Overmountain Men Congress Location: Knoxville, TN
Please note that only posters with the current year's theme will be accepted for judging. A poster using a theme from a future year will be disqualified.
The contest entries from the preceding academic year are judged at the NSSAR Annual Congress by members of the NSSAR Americanism Committee. A representative of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) is invited to participate in the poster judging.
How the posters are judged
Posters will be judged on the following criteria:
- Does the poster express the annual theme?
- Does the poster show originality by the student?
- Does the poster show evidence of research?
- Does the poster show artistic merit and creativity?
- Does the poster accurately reflect the historical event?
- Is the poster neat and visually pleasing?
How the contest works:
- Each local school winner will compete at the Chapter level.
- Each Chapter winner will compete at the State level.
- Once the State Society has selected a winner, that poster will compete at the National level. Only one (1) entry from each State Society will be accepted.
The State Society winners will be displayed during the National Contest. The Americanism Committee will announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Winners during the Youth Awards Luncheon at the National Congress. The National winners will receive a Rosette Ribbon with the 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd place winners receiving a monetary award funded from the Americanism Trust Fund.
Rules and Regulations:
- The entry from (see attached form below) must be filed with the Americanism Committee Chairman, with a copy to the NSSAR Executive Director, no later than June 1st prior to the Congress where the judging will occur.
- The poster must be submitted to the Headquarters Office at the Annual Congress no later than 10:00 am of the Sunday of Congress. This is the day prior to the Youth Awards Luncheon.
- All posters must have a copy of the entry from affixed to the back of the poster. You may redact the SSN on the copy of the entry form affixed to the poster. This will allow a representative from the State Society to retrieve the poster after judging.
- The posters will be displayed and the Americanism Committee members will judge the posters before the National Memorial Service.
- The 1st Place Winner's poster will be displayed at the NSSAR headquarters for one year following the contest. At the conclusion of that year, the poster will be returned to the State Society that entered it. All other posters will be made available for return to the State Society that entered it by the conclusion of the Congress.
If there are any questions, please contact the NSSAR Americanism Committee Chairman.