American History Essay Contest

All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

“The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”

November 11, 2021, marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation?

Essays should be 300-1,000 words and students are encouraged to use primary sources (i.e., immediate, first-hand accounts such as letters, diaries, speeches or newspaper reports) for their research, lesser well-known figures are acceptable, but subjects must have been actual participants, i.e. not fictionalized. 

The Brigadier General James Brickett – Old Newbury Chapter is accepting essays through December 23, 2021 and will select a winning essay by January 15, 2021.   

Essays should be submitted to by December 23rd, 2021.

The Chapter’s winning essays will be sent on to the State level; the State will select one essay in each grade level to represent the state for judging at the Division level, and each Division level will also have one winner in each grade level which will be sent on to the National contest. Each student participant receives a certificate of participation from the chapter and the chapter winners receive a bronze medal and certificate set. State winners receive a silver medal and certificate set. Division level winners receive certificates and a book. National winners receive special certificates, medals, and a monetary award.