WHAT IS THE SAR MIDDLE SCHOOL BROCHURE CONTEST?
The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Escambia and Santa Rosa public and private schools as well as students in Home School at the equivalent grade level. The Brochure contest is to create a tri-fold brochure out of a typical 8 ½” x 11″ piece of paper. The brochure must conform to the contest theme which is one these nine foundational documents of the United States:
- Articles of Association of 1774
- The Virginia Declaration of Rights 1776
- Declaration of Independence 1776
- Articles of Confederation 1777-1781
- General Washingtons Resignation as Commander of the Continental Army 1783
- U.S. Constitution 1787
- Federalist Papers 1788
- Bill of Rights 1791
- President Washington’s farewell Address 1796
Additionally, starting in the 2023-2024 school year, the Brochure contest will also include the creation of brochures based on the celebration of the 250th anniversary events of the Revolutionary period. These themes and celebration of these events include:
- 1773- 2023 The Boston Tea Party
- 1774- 2024 The First Continental Congress
- 1775- 2025 The Battles of Lexington and Concord
- 1776- 2026 The Battle of Princeton and Valley Forge
- 1777- 2027 The Battle of Saratoga
- 1778- 2028 The French Alliance
- 1779- 2029 The Siege of Vincennes or Fort Sackville Battle of Kettle Creek
- 1780- 2030 Battle of Kings Mountain
- 1781- 2031 Siege of Yorktown
- 1782- 2032 Battle of Blue Licks
- 1783- 2033 Treaty of Paris
Therefore, this year 2023-2024 school year, students can chose from the nine foundational documents as well as the Boston tea Party or the Fist Continental Congress.
The student gets to select which foundational document to use. 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 as opposed to cut and paste from books, magazines and the Internet. The use of software tools by the student for creating the brochure, and even the art work, is permissible.
HOW DOES THE CONTEST WORK?
The contest consists of three levels. The first level is sponsored by the local SAR Chapter. Chapter winners advance to the State level. The first-place State winner then advanced into the SAR national competition to compete for the national prizes. All entries begin at the local Chapter level. The only exception is where schools/classes/youth groups wish to conduct their own competition, submitting one winner to the local SAR Chapter competition. Individual students do not submit their entry directly to the Chapter. All entries must go through a school, scouting organization, or C.A.R. Society. Even home school submissions should go through their association. The participating Chapter should be within the local area of the young person entering the contest.
WHO CAN ENTER?
The SAR Brochure Contest is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade Middle School students in public, private and home schools. When school systems are participating in the contest, students will enter through their school system. If they are not participating, students may enter directly to the chapter, through scouting or the CAR (Children of the American Revolution). Regardless of how the student enters, he/she may only enter one brochure per year. All brochures will be created by the individual student, no group entries are allowed. The contest is designed to help support the educational efforts in public, private and home school curriculums when the Revolutionary period is taught, but students may enter in any of their middle school years.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
- Ask your teacher, or C.A.R., or scouting adult leader to supervise the SAR Brochure Contest.
- Ask them to Contact the Pensacola SAR Chapter.
- Make sure you conform to the guidelines and rules of the contest provided by SAR (below).
To qualify, all entries must be submitted within the deadlines. The deadline for the 2023 school year is March 1st – All entries to the Pensacola Chapter contest must be received by the Chapter by this date. Do not be confused with deadlines you might see on the Internet when Chapters have to submit their Winning entry to the State Competition, or the deadline the State has for submitting the State Winning entry to the National Competition. Know your local SAR Chapter’s deadline.
HOW WILL I BE JUDGED?
You will be judged on how well you understand, develop and present the specific foundational document you selected to be your brochure’s theme. Brochures will be judged at the National level focusing on the following three categories: Content; Creativity & Correctness.
Authorship and Use of Technology: The judging criteria rates highest personally drawn art work and authored text by the student as opposed to cut and paste from books, magazines and off the Internet – though use of material from books, magazines and the Internet does not disqualify an entry, it is just valued less during judging. The use of software tools by the student for creating the brochure, and even the art work, is permissible.
WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES and RULES?
There are two sets of guidelines and rules:
#1 How to Construct the Brochure; and
#2 How to display and arrange the Content within the Brochure.
Complete Rules can be found in the Detailed Instructions
WHO WAS SGT. MOSES ADAMS?
A Soldier of the American Revolution November 30, 1748 – June 13, 1778
In 2011 the Sons of the American Revolution [SAR] named one of its National Youth Programs “The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial Middle School Brochure Contest,” honoring a representative Soldier of the American Revolution who made the ultimate sacrifice. Moses Adams of New Marlborough, Massachusetts joined with his brothers and neighbors and marched with their Minute Man Company in response to the Alarm of Lexington and Concord, April 21, 1775. He then joined the Continental Army and rose to the rank of Sergeant in the 13th Massachusetts Line. He died at Valley Forge June 13, 1778.
The SAR dedicates its annual middle school program, as a living memorial, to honor the thousands of men and woman who, like Sgt. Adams, gave their lives for the cause of freedom, and also to their families who suffered their loss for generations.