George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

The Pensacola Chapter invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) in Escambia County interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range.


To participate, students must 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 three phases: the local chapter, state-level society, and national phases. The contest must be entered through an SAR chapter near the student’s residence which in Escambia County would be the Pensacola Chapter. Only one entry per student is permitted per contest year.


A complete set of rules, along with the application, can be found at the link below. Please be aware that the application deadline for the Chapter level contest is December 20.  All entries must be received by this date to allow for judging before sending the local winner on to the state level.  If you have any questions, please use the "Contact Us" page here on our website with the subject line of “Knight Essay Contest.”


Essays and completed entry forms should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


We look forward to receiving your entry!


Essay Application Form

Rules for the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest