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    SAR Youth Contests and Awards

    Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

    The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high school students in that same grade range. While the preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, students may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the 2017-18 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.

    Each student’s five- to six-minute speech (and accompanying manuscript) will be judged based upon its composition, delivery, significance, and historical accuracy and relevance. Three cash awards are given: the National First Place Winner receives $5,000; the 2nd Place Runner-up receives $3,000; and the 3rd Place Runner-up receives $2,000 cash prize. Each also receives an Olympic-sized medal. All other finalists (4th through 6th Place runners-up) are awarded $400 and all other national contestants are awarded $200. A complete set of rules, along with the application for both the applicant and the sponsoring SAR members, can be found below. Please be aware that the local application deadline dates may vary, so interested applicants should reach out to their local SAR chapter for further details.

    Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application and Instructions (Applicant Form)

    Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application and Instructions (Sponsoring SAR Form)

    Previous Winners

    For forty-four years, the National Oration Contest sponsored by the SAR carried the name Douglass G. High. In 1993, the name of this oratorical contest was changed, in perpetuity to the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The previous annual first place winners are:

    YearWinning OratorSponsoring SAR Society
    2016Liam Patrick O'ConnorDelaware SAR
    2015Sophia Noelle ZupancOhio SAR
    2014Hayley Caroline SnowdenVirginia SAR
    2013Luis Edmundo VasquezTexas SAR
    2012Phillip Paul CozziIllinois SAR
    2011Jackson BloomNorth Carolina SAR
    2010Kristin BowersVirginia SAR
    2009Philip Bryan HayesTexas SAR
    2008Virginia MacfarlanArkansas SAR
    2007David AnguishDelaware SAR
    2006Edward Seage, Jr.Delaware SAR
    2005Terilyn T. ParkerLouisiana SAR
    2004Chris HughesMaryland SAR
    2003Blake Phyllip SercyeIllinois SAR
    2002Gregory Field PriceMaryland SAR
    2001Micah Wade KubicMissouri SAR
    2000Andrew GreenKentucky SAR
    1999Erik W. JorgensenCalifornia SAR
    1998Anna Rene SmithArkansas SAR
    1997Joshua M. KoenigFlorida SAR
    1996John Barry Dunlap IIMaryland SAR
    1995Julie M. PaikCalifornia SAR
    1994Michael BowlingOklahoma SAR
    1993Dennis Purvis IIOhio SAR
    1992John C. O’QuinnNorth Carolina SAR
    1991Jody CookKentucky SAR
    1990Jonathan Chad SaulsFlorida SAR
    1989Martin KellyMaryland SAR
    1988Kena M. TagueKansas SAR
    1987Valie ScottGeorgia SAR
    1986Brian NicholsonNorth Carolina SAR
    1985Herman Graham IIIOhio SAR
    1984David WhitakerKansas SAR
    1983Ruth L. ArnetCalifornia SAR
    1982De-Wayne LayfieldTexas SAR
    1981David T. JohnsonTexas SAR
    1980Brian K. StolleyFlorida SAR
    1979David DerachIndiana SAR
    1978Greg EvansVirginia SAR
    1977Tom BishopGeorgia SAR
    1976Kelly P. GallagherTexas SAR
    1975Mark A. McCordGeorgia SAR
    1974Jack O. ThomasOhio SAR
    1973Roy HeadrickTennessee SAR
    1972Joseph W. McLeanVirginia SAR
    1971John R. DavisTexas SAR
    1970George A. Ott IIIGeorgia SAR
    1969Michael RosenbaumVirginia SAR
    1968Timothy GeorgeTennessee SAR
    1967Walter GordonGeorgia SAR
    1966James A. HaverkampIndiana SAR
    1965Robert P. LaceyVirginia SAR
    1964Gary Lee ThorneVirginia SAR
    1963David TurnerTennessee SAR
    1962Ralph MiloneFlorida SAR
    1961James LutzOhio SAR
    1960Herbert SchwartzIllinois SAR
    1959Julien CalvinFlorida SAR
    1958Lief LohrbauerFlorida SAR
    1957Thomas IngWashington SAR>
    1956John WhiteVirginia SAR
    1955John HaywoodOhio SAR
    1954William P. LynchNew Jersey SAR
    1953James MounrieVirginia SAR
    1952No Contest HeldNo Contest Held
    1951Thomas HamiltonOhio SAR
    1950Ronald HergenEmpire State SAR
    1949Robert WoodOhio SAR

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