Knight Essay Resources

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.

Knight Essay State Contest Contacts

SAR Society & Deadline Essay Contact
Alabama (31 DEC) Edmon H. McKinley Email Link
Alaska (31 JAN) Thomas J. Rollman
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Arkansas (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Arizona (31 DEC) Jack Duffy
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California (31 DEC) Patrick Cecil

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Colorado (31 DEC) John McFarland

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Connecticut (01 FEB) John R. Morgan

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Dakota (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Delaware (31 DEC) Brian Cox

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District of Columbia (31 DEC) Doug Brooks

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Empire State-NY (31 DEC) James M. Eagan

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Florida (31 DEC) Ron Grove
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Georgia (15 DEC) Terry A. Gibbs

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Hawaii (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Idaho (31 DEC) James E. Elie

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Illinois (15 JAN) Allan C Campbell MD
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Indiana (31 DEC) James D. Hamilton

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International (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Iowa (31 DEC) Doug Frazer

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Kansas (31 DEC) Stuart W. Conrad

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Kentucky (31 DEC) Dale W. Henley

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Louisiana (15 JAN) George Clemenceau
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Maine (31 DEC) David L. Manchester Email Link
Maryland (31 DEC) C. Louis Raborg, Jr.
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Massachusetts (31 DEC) Joseph Gauthier

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Michigan (31 DEC) Phil Jackson

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Minnesota (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Mississippi (31 DEC) Gerald P. Brent
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Missouri (31 DEC) Dale A. Schmidt

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Montana (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Nebraska (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson
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Nevada (31 DEC) Michael Gravitt

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New Hampshire (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
New Jersey (31 DEC) Roger Williams

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New Mexico (31 DEC) Kevin Carr

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North Carolina SAR (Deadline December 31) Stephen A. Morris
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Ohio (31 DEC) Donald C. McGraw, Jr. Email Link
Oklahoma (31 DEC) Ronald W. Painter
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Oregon (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Pennsylvania SAR (Deadline December 31) J. Rennick Steele, Jr.
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Rhode Island (31 DEC) John W Adams

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South Carolina (31 DEC) Douglas Doster

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Tennessee (31 DEC) George E. Pesely

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Texas (31 DEC) John M. Hamlin

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Utah (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link
Vermont (31 DEC) Zachariah L. Fike

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Virginia (10 JAN) Richard M. Sherman
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Washington (31 DEC) Jeff Lightburn

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West Virginia (31 DEC) Thomas J. Galloway Email Link
Wisconsin (31 DEC) Thomas P. Curtis II
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Wyoming (31 DEC) Christopher Smithson Email Link

Mr. Christopher Smithson is the current
George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest Judge-at-Large.

Essay Contest Winners

2021 Winner Noah Grebe

 

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
2021 Noah Grebe Kentucky SAR
2020 Wilson G. Reeves Alabama SAR
2019 Caleb S. Sheppard Florida SAR
2018 Katherine McLeod Texas SAR
2017 Cameron Chyla Wisconsin 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