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Published: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 11:56 a.m. CDT

The Nancy McKay Harsh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is again sponsoring the annual DAR American History essay contest.

This year's topic for grades fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth is "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported the American Struggle for Independence."

Describe a particular person or group and how they supported the cause for American independence. Explain why it is especially important to honor the unsung heroes and often forgotten patriots. Focus on the often unrecognized people and groups, such as African Americans, American Indians, French, Spanish, Germans or others who provided military, patriotic and public service in support of the American Revolution.

The topic for the grades ninth through 12th contest is "Christopher Columbus: How did the faith and courage of Christopher Columbus give to mankind a new world?"

A $10-cash gift, medal and certificate will be awarded to the local winner in each of the fifth- through eighth-grade levels, and also to the winner of the Christopher Columbus essay contest.

Winning entries will then be sent to the state society. State-level winners will be chosen there and forwarded on to the district and national contest.

This is a good learning experience for students. It is open to all students in public and private schools, and also to those who are home schooled.

The deadline for entries is Dec. 15, and should be sent to Bonnie Riepe at the address below.

For more information and a copy of the rules, please contact:

Bonnie Riepe

American History Chair

2537 Nuthatch Ave.

Afton, IA 50830


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