TOPIC: 20092010 topic is: "Discuss and analyze the early influences and experiences of Christopher Columbus and how these contributed to successes and failures in his voyages of exploration."

PARTICIPANTS: All grade 9, 10, 11, 12 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schollers, are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. DO NOT SUBMIT A STUDENT PHOTOGRAPH WITH ENTRY.

LENGTH: Length is to be no more than 800-1,200 words.

FORM: Essay must be typed, or prepared on a computer or word processor, using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point. A limited vision student may use Braille, a tape recording, or very large type. A written transcript must be included, as well as a teacher's or physician's letter attesting to the student's special need. All of the essay must he the student's original work. Each essay must have a title page listing the following:

Any essay without a title page will be disqualified.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Essay must have a bibliography listing all references utilized. Internet resources, if used, should be cited in similar format to that used for printed resources. Add the electronic address used to access the document as supplementary information. Any essay with information copied directly from sources without using quotes will be disqualified.

JUDGING AND AWARDS: Judging will be based on historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. Pictures, maps, drawings, graphics, and other such additions will not be considered in judging and should not be included.

CHAPTER: One essay is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded for the state competition. Certificates may he presented by sponsoring chapter.
STATE One essay is selected as the state winner and forwarded to the Division Vice Chairman of American History for division competition. Certificate presented by state.
DIVISION: One essay is selected as the division winner and forwarded to the National Vice Chairman In Charge of the Columbus Essay Contest. National divisional winners will be recognized.
NATIONAL: One essay is selected as the national winner. Judging at the national level is conducted by the National Italian American Foundation. The national winner will receive $1,200 from the NIAF in addition to paid lodging and transportation for the winner and one parent or guardian to Washington, D.C. in October, 2009 for the winner and one parent or guardian. The national winner must read the prize-winning essay at the Columbus Memorial, Washington, D.C. at Columbus Day (October 8, 2009). The second-place winner will receive $500, and the third-place national winner will receive $300. (Chapters and States may present monetary awards and/or gifts in addition to the certificates if desired. DAR American History Essay Medals are not authorized for this contest). Note: All essays must first be submitted to a local chapter. Essays sent directly to the National Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Columbus Contest will not be considered.

DEADLINE: Date essays due to Chapter:   Dec. 15, 2009
Name of Chapter Contact Person:   Sue Smith
Name of Sponsoring DAR Chapter:   Fort Bowyer

If additional information about the contest is needed, please contact the Office of the Historian General, NSDAR at 1776 D Street NW Washington, DC 20006-5303. Phone: (202) 879-3256. E-mail:

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