Our chapter commits acts of service to our nation's young people to promote the institutions of American freedom, appreciation for patriotism, respect for our national symbols, and recognition of the value of American citizenship in the next generation. We support the leadership development and the public service commitment of young people with competitions and awards. Our programs involves K-12 students as well as scouting programs in the North Carolina counties of Wake, Johnston, Granville, Franklin, Nash, and Wilson.
2023 Chapter Award Winner Sophia Quinter
2022 Chapter Award Winner Cole Quinter
The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally named in honor of SAR member President Calvin Coolidge who won an SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The contest is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American History.
The contest is open to all US citizen and legal resident students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in grades 9-12. Students 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.
The contest is conducted in local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The national-level award winners receive significant cash prizes. Participants must be enter through the chapter near the student’s residence. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.
2023 Chapter & State Society Award Winner Aliza Jankowsky
2022 Chapter & State Society Award Winner Aliza Jankowsky
2022 Chapter Second Place Winner Jake Hessler
2022 Chapter Third Place Winner Hope Thigpen
2021 Chapter Award Winner Becky Hunt
2011 Chapter, State, and National Award Winner Jackson Bloom
1991 Chapter, State, and Natinal Award Winner John C. O'Quinn
1986 Chapter, State, and National Award Winner Brian Nicholson
The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in North Carolina and who are in grades 9-12. The preliminary round of the contest for our region is held by Raleigh Chapter. Chapter winners advance to the state or national levels where scholarships and significant cash prizes are awarded.
To compete, participants write an original oration of not less than five minutes, or more than six minutes. The subject of the oration shall deal with an event, a personality, or a document pertaining to the Revolutionary War. It is essential that each oration show the relationship it bears to America today. Evidence of historical research and creative presentation are also important. The oration must be delivered from memory and without the use of notes or any kind of props. The oration will be judged based upon its composition, delivery, significance, historical accuracy, and relevance to our 250th anniversary.
2023 Chapter Awardee Caroline VanSchaick, Corinth-Holders High School
2022 Chapter Awardee Bridgette Pullum, Corinth-Holders High School
Each year our chapter awards the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal to the senior at each high school we serve with the highest scholastic achievement of the study of the US Constitution, American institutions of government, and the principles of American Union in Advanced Placement Government. The nominee is identified by the faculty of each high school.
2023 Chapter Awardees Emma Pawlak, Jacob Buck, Alyssa Darden, & Amber Rivera, Corinth-Holders High School
2022 Chapter Awardees Jayden McLean, Tyler Pinkowski, & Attalia McDowell, Corinth-Holders High School
At its heart the SAR is a service organization. We foster the spirit of service to others in youth by recognizing high school seniors who have participated in 50 or more hours of community service during all four years of high school with the Outstanding Citizenship Award. Each year the award is made to graduating seniors nominated by their faculty for their participation in high school service organizations.
Each year our chapter awards the Bronze Outstanding Cadet Medal and certificate to one outstanding Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet in each of the units listed below. Cadets are nominated by their unit’s military cadre for superior leadership qualities, military bearing, and excellence in volunteer service that exemplifies the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our patriot ancestors. We also recognize graduatinng JROTC cadets who have volunteered to participate in unit color guards throughout their cadet careers with the Flag Certificate. Our chapter currently makes awards to JROTC units at the following high schools.
Wake County High Schools: Garner, Cary, Broughton, Sanderson, Enloe, Millbrook, Wake Forest, Fuquay-Varina
Johnston County High Schools: Clayton, South Johnston, Smithfield, Corinth-Holders, Knightdale, North Johnston, Cleveland, West Johnston
Each year our chapter also awards the Enhanced Outstanding Cadet Medal to one cadet from our chapter in their next-to-last year of JROTC who completes a competitive submission packet sent by their unit cadre. Selection criteria are based on patriotic activity, leadership, military bearing, and scholarship. Chapter winners are submitted to state and national level competitions.
2023 Cadet Mackenzie Webster
2022 Cadet Hunter Vance
2021 Cadet Theresa Jones
2023 Cadet Logan Moreau
2022 Cadet Logan Bradburn
2021 Chapter Enhanced Outstanding Cadet Nayla Seda
2021 Cadet Colin Culbertson
2023 Cadet Cassandra Castillo
2022 Cadet Logan Doody
2021 Cadet Corey Moon
2023 Cadet Keegan Wilson
2022 Cadet Michael Carter
2021 Cadet Soorya Goli
2022 Cadet George Jackson Chunn
2021 Cadet Iyanna Jackson
2023 Cadet Nathan McDaniel
2021 Cadet Edward Hines
2021 Cadet Katelyn Evans
This brochure contest is open to middle school students in public, private, parochial, charter and home-school at the grade level containing American Revolution or Government curriculum. Children of the American Revolution, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts in these grade levels are also eligible. The permanent theme is “The Founding Documents of the United States” including the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, US Constitution, and Bill of Rights. Submissions consist of a tri-fold brochure made out of a typical 8 ½” x 11″ piece of paper. The brochure will be judged on content, creativity and correctness. The judging criteria rates highest personally drawn art work and text authored by the student, although art cut and pasted from books, magazines or the Internet is accepted. The use of software tools by the student for creating the brochure, and even the art work, is permitted. All competition begins at the chapter level with winners progressing to the state and national levels to compete for cash prizes. National winners receive a ribbon, certificate, and cash award.
Sgt. Moses Adams was a Minuteman who fought at Lexington and Concord and died at Valley Forge. This competition honors him and the 25,000 other Americans who died in the Revolution.
Write the Brochure Contest Committee at robert_Sigmon@yahoo.com to learn more.
Our chapter invites all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students interested in the American Revolution to participate in the SAR Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. The contest is open to public school, parochial, home schooled, Cub Scouts, Brownies, or Children of the American Revolution (link to page) member students in that same grade range. Young artists with an enthusiasm for art, a love of American history, or a passion in creative expression can submit their posters to our chapter for competition at the local level. Poster should address the topic of Revolutionary War events in even numbered years and Revolutionary War Persons in odd numbered years. Judging is based upon theme portrayal, originality, research evidence, neatness, artistic merit, and creativity. Local level winners progress to state and national level competitions where they and their sponsoring teachers can win cash prizes.