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DEADLINE:  30 January 2020

POC:  Bob Anderson, 256-682-2486


The SAR Middle School 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 the five foundational documents of the United States - which you select. 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.


The SAR Brochure Contest is open to Middle School students, including private, church based and home schooled students in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades, depending upon which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system. The contest is also open to members of scouting and also the C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) who are in the same grades, only when their school system is not participating in the contest. In the case where the local school system, or its equivalent, is participating, the young person needs to enter the contest through the school, and not through a different entity. If the American Revolution period of American History is technically not specifically covered during these middle school grades curriculum, an entry will still be accepted for the competition by SAR. A student can only enter once during these middle school grades. One Brochure per student - Not as a group entry.


The SAR Brochure Contest theme is the same every year - it does not change from year to year. Choose from any of the five (5) Foundational Documents of the United States as the theme for your brochure:

  • Articles of Confederation
  • Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Federalist Papers


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.


1. Brochure Construction: Created by a single student - Not by a group.

2. Brochure Theme: Choose from any of the five (5) Foundational Documents of the United States as the theme for your brochure: Articles of Confederation; Declaration of Independence; U.S. Constitution; Bill of Rights; or Federalist Papers.

3. Brochure Size: The brochures should be made from a single 8 ½" x 11" piece of paper. The paper should be folded according to the instructions provided for the contest. The content of the various panels of the brochure should align with the instructions provided.

4. Paper thickness & Color: Any common paper so long as the final product can be folded closed as a tri-fold 8 ½" x 11" brochure. White paper is most common, but pastel, or color paper is acceptable.

5. Artwork: Ideas are the most important element in these brochures and the art is merely a means of conveying those ideas. All artwork on brochures that is personally drawn is highly valued, which would include artwork created by the young person using software. Tracing is also acceptable, and simple drawings that represent complex concepts are encouraged for those who may doubt their artistic skills.

6. Pasting: Pasting of personally drawn art work onto a master is permitted. Do not paste pictures from magazines, books, or off the Internet, or make extensive use of clip art.

7. Text: The written text is commonly hand printed. Typed text sections (even pasted on) are also permitted. [CAUTION: This needs to be original text written by the student - not clipped from magazines, books or taken off the Internet.] 8. Identification: See below 'SAR Brochure Panels Explained'. Make special note that the student's name and school on the Back Panel of the brochure is covered by a 3"x 3" Post-It® note throughout all judging at the Chapter, State and National level.

9. Brochure entries may be disqualified for these reasons: (a) did not adhere to the Americanism Theme; (b) is not 8 ½" x 11" in size; (c) is not a tri-folded brochure (cannot be folded).

10. Judging: Brochures will be judged focusing on the following elements: a. Content b. Creativity c. Correctness


Fold a single 8 ½" x 11" piece of paper into three equal size panels - a Tri-Fold: There will be six panels counting inside and outside. The following is an explanation of what each panel of the brochure should contain:

a. Cover: A title and a picture.

b. Inside Cover: Picture to accompany the introduction. May also contain a brief caption or explanation of the picture.

c. First inside panel when Cover is opened (while folded): An introduction that presents the basic facts of the event and succinctly states the main idea presented in the interior of the brochure. The introduction should have a title, be written in paragraph form, and clearly communicate the overarching concept of the brochure.

d. Two inner panels: A detailed explanation of the ideas of the student around the theme. This written explanation should provide a systematic argument persuading the reader to the point of view of the author; that is, it should be a persuasive essay. The writing should be clear, well organized, and convincing. These panels may also contain pictures and/or artwork that make the brochure more aesthetically appealing. Some questions that may be helpful for the students to consider when completing these panels would include:

    i. What are the lessons for our country within this document?
    ii. How does this document reflect American society and American values?
    iii. What thoughts do you have regarding the sacrifices made by the participants who drafted this document?
    iv. What was the outcome of this document and how did this outcome impact American history?
    v. What motivated the participants to be a part of creating this document?
    vi. Could you have been a participant in creating this document?

e. Back Panel: The following information needs to be included in the exact order specified on the back panel of the brochure inside a 2 ½" x 2 ½" framed box. Failure to include this information, and to contain all the information in the 2 ½" x 2 ½" framed box, can result in a lower ranking during the competition.    i. Student's Name: First, Middle Initial, and Last
    ii. School District
    iii. School Name: school name; or C.A.R. Society; or Scouting Troop
    iv. Grade in School: (in California - 8th Grade) + School Year: 20xx-yy
    v. Student's Teacher's/Adult Leaders Name:
    vi. SAR Code: (provide to teacher): ALSSAR – Tennessee Valley Chapter

The SAR will conceal the above personal information throughout the judging process using a 3"x 3" Post-It® note.​

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​Middle School Brochure Contest