National parks are topic of DAR contest

The George Clinton Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is pleased to announce this year’s American history essay contest.

This contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about history in a new light. Each academic year, a unique topic is chosen and guidelines are made available.

Among those guidelines: The contest is open to all students in grades 5 to 8; essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness; and for additional rules and guidelines contact your local DAR chapter representative, Claire Ropp, at

A winner will be selected from each of the four grades to advance to the state level. The state winner from each grade level will advance to the divisional level. Divisional winners will advance to the national level where the winners are announced.

All local winners will receive a certificate, medal and monetary award.

The topic for the 2016-17 school year: The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916. The National Park Service manages about 84.4 million acres of national parks. Pretend you are writing a journal while visiting one of the 58 national parks.

Identify the park’s location. Discuss why and when it was established as a national park. What makes this park one of our national treasures?