TOPIC: 2009–2010 topic is: ""
PARTICIPANTS: All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schoolers, are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. DO NOT SUBMIT A STUDENT PHOTOGRAPH WITH ENTRY.
LENGTH: Grade 5: 300-600 words: Grades 6, 7, and 8: 600-1,000 words.
FORM: Essay is to be handwritten in ink, 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 be the student's original work. Each essay must have a title page listing the following:
- Topic of essay: "The Completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad"
(A subtitle is permitted if written below the topic.)
- Contestant's full name and address. (Street, RR, PO Box, City, State and Zip Code)
- Contestant's telephone number ( with area code) and e-mail address if available
- Name of contestant's school, with grade level indicated
- Name of sponsoring DAR chapter
- Number of words in essay
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. Judging at the chapter level is by three judges, including at least one non-DAR judge. Judging at other levels is by three judges, all of whom are non-DAR members.
Chapter: One essay in each grade is selected as the chapter winner and forwarded to the state competition. Certificates and bronze medals may be presented by sponsoring chapter if desired.
State: One essay in each grade selected as the state winner and forwarded to the divisional competition. State winner certificate, silver medal, and other state approved award may be presented by state to each grade level winner
Division: One essay in each grade selected as division winner and forwarded for national competition. Divisional winner presented certificate and book.
National: One essay in each grade selected as national winner. A certificate, gold pin, and monetary is presented to each national winner at Continental Congress in July, 2010. Winning essays may appear in official DAR communications.
NOTE: All essays must first be submitted to a local chapter. Essays sent directly to the National Chairman or Vice Chairman of the Essay Contest will not be considered.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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