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 George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all US Citizen and Legal Resident students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. 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.

To participate, students must submit an original 800- to 1,200-word essay based on an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution. Each student’s essay will be judged based upon its historical accuracy, clarity, organization, grammar and spelling, and documentation.

The contest is conducted in three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence. In some cases, the contest may be entered at the state level (if the local society does not have chapters or the chapters are not participating) and a contact-at-large should be used to find out more contest details. The list of contest contacts listed below can provide you with assistance in entering the Knight Essay Contest. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.

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 member listed below for further details.

Contacts

The current George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Judge-at-Large is Mr. Christopher Smithson (ctsmithson@gmail.com).

SAR Society Knight Essay Contest Contact
Alabama SAR Michael C. Wells mcwells1944@yahoo.com
Alaska SAR
Deadline January 31
Thomas J. Rollman tomrollman@yahoo.com
Arkansas SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
Arizona SAR David Rodier canondrodier@cox.netWilliam Baran PHD
wbaran@cox.net
California SAR Patrick Cecil patrick.cecil@ml.com
Colorado SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
Connecticut SAR Deadline February 1 John R. Morgan
main@westneckcemetery.com
Dakota SAR Christopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
Delaware SAR Brian Cox
bcox@salesianum.org
District of Columbia SAR Doug Brooks lanedbrooks4@gmail.com
Empire State SAR (New York) James M. Eagan
eagan1705@rochester.rr.com
Florida SAR John M. Stewart 1121 32nd Avenue North
Saint Petersburg, FL 33704 1965uva@gmail.com
Georgia SAR Terry A. Gibbs
terrygibbs237@gmail.com
Hawaii SAR Christopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
Idaho SAR Matthew Brechwald
Email Link
Illinois SAR Allan C Campbell MD allanccampbellmd@gmail.com
Indiana SAR T. Rex Legler II
t.rexlegler2@gmail.com
International SAR Christopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
Iowa SAR Doug Frazer
dlfrazer@yahoo.com
Kansas SAR Deadline December 31 Stuart W. Conrad
stucon@swclaw.net
Kentucky SAR Dale W. Henley dalehenley@windstream.net
Louisiana SAR George Clemenceau
gwclem100@gmail.com
Maine SAR David L. Manchester davidlmanchester@outlook.com
Maryland SAR
Deadline December 31
C. Louis Raborg, Jr. raborg1989@verizon.net
Massachusetts SAR Joseph Gauthier
pineriver99@gmail.com
Michigan SAR Norm Palmer middleage55@aol.com
Minnesota SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
Mississippi SAR Gerald P. Brent bg0586@comcast.net
Missouri SAR
Deadline December 31
Dale A. Schmidt schmidtda17@gmail.com
Montana SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
Nebraska SAR Christopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
Nevada SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
New Hampshire SAR Christopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
New Jersey SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
New Mexico SAR Kevin Carr Wa5j.sar@gmail.com
North Carolina SAR Stephen A. Morris
stephenmorris-sar@nc.rr.com
Ohio SAR Donald C. McGraw, Jr. 8380 Shawnee Run Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243-3359 donald.c.mcgraw@gmail.com
Oklahoma SAR
Deadline December 31
Ronald W. Painter ronpainter@msn.com
Oregon SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com
Pennsylvania SAR J. Rennick Steele, Jr. renmaru@comcast.net
Rhode Island SAR John W Adams
JWAdams148@aol.com
South Carolina SAR Deadline December 31 Glenn V. Ohanesian
ohanesianlawfirm@cs.com
Tennessee SAR Deadline December 31 George E. Pesely
peselyg@apsu.edu
Texas SAR Deadline December 31 John M. Hamlin
johnmhamlin@yahoo.com
Utah SAR Christopher Smithson ctsmithson@gmail.com
Vermont SAR Zachariah L. Fike
purpleheartsreunited@gmail.com
Virginia SAR Deadline January 10 Richard M. Sherman
rmsalp@gmail.com
Washington SAR Dr. Keith Weissinger Kweiss47@comcast.net
West Virginia SAR Thomas J. Galloway
P.O. Box 697 Huntington, WV 25711-0697
tgalloway@marshall.edu
Wisconsin SAR Thomas P. Curtis II tpcurtis1938@gmail.com
Wyoming SAR Christopher Smithson
ctsmithson@gmail.com

Previous Winners

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Committee is proud to announce the winner of the national contest. Each year, the SAR receives an average of thirty state-level winners from around the country to compete in the national-level contest. Visitors can find a list of the previous George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest national winners below.

Year Winning Essayist Sponsoring SAR Society
2017 Katherine McLeod Texas SAR
2016 Joseph Nusbaum Florida SAR
2015 Matthew Penza Connecticut SAR
2014 Elizabeth Lilly Virginia SAR
2013 Bryan Habashi Virginia SAR
2012 Katie Lavender Virginia SAR
2011 Amanda Schanz Virginia SAR
2010 Cody E. Nager Empire State SAR
2009 Hayley Schoeppler Wisconsin SAR
2008 Jenna Barker South Carolina SAR
2007 Derek McMahan Kentucky SAR
2006 Kristin Personius Texas SAR
2005 H. Curtis Kuntz Pennsylvania SAR
2004 Daniel E. Sigler Empire State SAR
2003 Daniel E. Sigler Georgia SAR
2002 Nathan W. Skelly Missouri SAR
2001 Stephanie Condon California SAR
2000 Jenna Dondero Texas SAR
1999 Courtney Powell Virginia SAR
1998 Kimberly Braun Delaware SAR
1997 John Rackson Maryland SAR
1996 Justin Jaeck Wisconsin SAR
1995 Catherine Clayton Texas SAR