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Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Since 1996, the NSDAR has joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor an annual national essay contest on Christopher Columbus. The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. Chapters select one essay as the chapter winner. Chapters may award all participants in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest a Christopher Columbus Essay Certificate. Bronze Medals are not awarded for this contest. Each Chapter’s winning essay is submitted to the State Committee Chairman to be judged in the State Contest.

Title: "How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?"

Topic: Both of these men are considered heroes from whose lives Americans can draw beneficial lessons. Discuss the similarities and differences between the ways in which Christopher Columbus and George Washington dealt with and overcame the challenges and adversities they faced. What can Americans apply to their own lives from the experiences of these men?

All required forms and a contest poster can be found on the DAR members’ website or in the NIP (National Information Packet). A packet with copies of these forms will be distributed to each Chapter’s post box at the Fall Meeting.

The deadline for submitting your Chapter’s winning essay is December 20, 2013

Please send your Chapter’s winning essay to:
Kelly Bray – Chairman - Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
332 Greenwich Street
Belvidere, NJ 07823

Please do not hesitate to contact me at or 908-246-3152 if you should require any additional information.

Kelly Bray
Chairman - Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
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