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Chairman: Carl Arnold (Arnie) Burris

The aim of the National Americanism Elementary School Poster contest is to stimulate interest in American History in support of the established school curriculum.

This contest is directed at students in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system – including ecumenical and home schooled students.

The contest is also open to members of the Cub Scouts and Brownies and CAR (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades but whose school system may not be participating in the contest.  In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry.

Each State Chapter selects a winner by February 1st of each year. The poster entries are judged at the February State Convention. The first place poster selected during the state convention is then sent to the SAR National Congress for judging. Please contact this Society Chairman for additional details, including prize amounts awarded at State and National levels.

The topic for the Poster Contest is set by the NSSAR Americanism Committee annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting for the upcoming school year.  The topic is announced at the Annual NSSAR Congress after the winning poster for the current year is recognized.

The topic for the Poster Contest is set by the NSSAR Americanism Committee annually at the Spring Leadership Meeting.  Beginning in 2013, the Committee began to select the annual topic to coincide with the location of the upcoming Annual Congress.  While the upcoming topic will continue to be announced after the winning poster is recognized at each Congress, the hope is that by having up to 3 years of future themes available, compatriots will be better able to work with local schools in planning curricula and thus increase participation in this contest. The theme for Academic Year 2016-2017 is "Revolutionary War People." 


Chapters select winner by February 5, 2019, notify Chairman and bring to State Convention for judging. The state winner for this contest receives $200; 2nd place receives $150; 3rd place receives $100. Chairman will send checks and certificates to Chapters after Convention. First place poster is judged at National Congress.