The contest is for all students attending public, parochial, private or home school students in that same grade range. 

Participants must write an original oration of not less than five minutes, or more than six minutes. The oration must be delivered from memory and without the use of notes or any kind of props. The subject of the oration shall deal with an event, a personality, or a document pertaining to the Revolutionary War, showing the relationship it bears to America today. Evidence of historical research and creative presentation are also important. The oration will be judged based upon its composition, delivery, significance, historical accuracy and relevance.

Each of these contests have a specific grade/age group it focuses on. Each contest starts at the local or chapter level. The winner at the chapter level may receive an award and may be promoted to the State Society level. 


The the various local/chapter winners who are promoted to the State Society level, will compete against each other. The winner at the State Society Annual Convention may receive an award and may be promoted to the Annual National Congress Competition.

Middle School Brochure Contest

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest is open to all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution. 

National Society Sons of the American Revolution

Youth Contests

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.
We invite all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students (whichever year that American History is taught in the specific school district) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. The contest is open to public school, parochial, home schooled, Scouting, or Children of the American Revolution member students in that same grade range. 

For academic years ending in even numbers, the theme shall be “Revolutionary War Events.” For academic years ending in odd numbers, the theme shall be “Revolutionary War Person or Persons.” The MS State Society will choose the events or person(s) as the topic of the contest.

Elementary Poster Contest

Rumbaugh Oration Contest

The SAR Brochure Contest is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade Middle School students in public, private and home schools. All brochures will be created by the individual student, no group entries are allowed. 

The SAR Middle School Contest is to create a tri-fold brochure out of a typical 8 ½” x 11″ piece of paper. 

The SAR Brochure Contest theme is the same every year – it does not change from year to year. Choose from any of the six (6) Foundational Documents of the United States as the theme for your brochure:

Articles of Confederation                U.S. Constitution
Declaration of Independence         Bill of Rights
Articles of Association of 1774       Federalist Papers

Knight Essay Contest

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 

Mississippi Society, Sons of the American Revolution