Programs & Contests

The Sgt. Moses Adams SAR Middle School Contest is to create a tri-fold brochure out of a typical 8 ½” x 11″ piece of paper. The brochure must conform to the contest theme, which is one of the nine foundational documents of the United States, as well as designated Revolution events. The student may select their theme from any of these eleven choices. The brochure will be judged on: Content, Creativity, and Correctness.

LOCAL, STATE, and NATIONAL PRIZES

Local Chapter and State prizes vary by State and by Local Chapter. National prize awards are established each year.

HOW DOES THE CONTEST WORK?

The contest consists of three levels. The local SAR Chapter sponsors the first level. Chapter winners advance to the State level. The first-place State winner then advances into the SAR national competition to compete for the national prizes.

WHO CAN ENTER?

The SAR Brochure Contest is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Middle School students in public, private, and home schools. When school systems participate in the contest, students enter through their school system. The student may only enter one brochure per year. The individual student will create all brochures, no group entries are allowed. The contest is designed to help support the educational efforts in public, private, and home school curriculums when the Revolutionary period is taught. Students may enter in any of their middle school years.

HOW WILL I BE JUDGED?

You will be judged on how well you understand, develop, and present the foundational document or Revolutionary Event you selected for your brochure’s theme. Brochures will be judged at the National level focusing on the following three categories: Content, Creativity, and Correctness.
Authorship and Use of Technology:

The judging criteria rates the highest personally drawn artwork and authored text by the student as opposed to cutting and pasting from books, magazines, and off the Internet – though use of material from books, magazines, and the Internet does not disqualify an entry, it is just valued less during judging. The use of software tools by the student for creating the brochure, and even the artwork, is permissible.

WHAT IS THE THEME?

The SAR Brochure Contest theme is currently any of these nine (9) Foundational Documents of the United States:

  • Articles of Association of 1774
  • The Virginia Declaration of Rights 1776
  • Declaration of Independence 1776
  • Articles of Confederation 1777-1781
  • General Washington’s Resignation as Commander of the Continental Army in 1783
  • U.S. Constitution 1787
  • Federalist Papers 1788
  • Bill of Rights 1791
  • President Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

Starting in the school year 2023-2024 and for the following ten years, the Brochure contest will also include the creation of brochures based on the celebration of 250th-anniversary events of the Revolutionary period. The themes and celebrations of these events include:

  • 1773- 2023 The Boston Tea Party**
  • 1774- 2024 The First Continental Congress**
  • 1775- 2025 The Battles of Lexington and Concord
  • 1776- 2026 The Battle of Princeton and Valley Forge
  • 1777- 2027 The Battle of Saratoga
  • 1778- 2028 The French Alliance
  • 1779- 2029 The Siege of Vincennes or Fort Sackville Battle of Kettle Creek
  • 1780- 2030 Battle of Kings Mountain
  • 1781- 2031 Siege of Yorktown
  • 1782- 2032 Battle of Blue Licks
  • 1783- 2033 Treaty of Paris

Therefore, in the 2023-2024 school year, students can choose from the nine foundational documents and the Boston Tea Party or the First Continental Congress.

Important dates to remember:

  • Local Chapter judging is held at each chapter’s discretion before the Kansas SAR Annual Conference. Each local chapter’s winner must be present at the state conference in order to compete for the state title.
  • The Kansas SAR Annual Conference is always held in the month of March, and the state competition judging will take place at this Conference.
  • The winning Kansas SAR entry is submitted to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution Annual Congress for judging. A representative of the Kansas delegation will send the brochure to be judged at the National Congress.

For detailed information about the rules of the contest, please visit the NSSAR Poster Contest Website.

For additional information, please contact Recil Robinson.