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The Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest is for 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, C.A.R. (Children of the American Revolution) and Junior Members of the Sons 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.

Contest Description

Conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the student submits an original poster based on an announced topic related to the Revolutionary War or the founding of our nation.  The topic for the Poster Contest is set for the upcoming school year by the National Society’s Americanism Committee annually at its Spring Leadership Meeting.  The topic is announced at the National Society’s Congress in June or July after the winning poster for the current year is recognized.

The topics for the this coming year and next year are:

•    Academic Year 2015-2016 will be "Revolutionary War Events"
•    Academic Year 2016-2017 will be "Revolutionary War People" 

Posters are judged on the following criteria:

•    Does the poster express the annual theme?
•    Does the poster show originality by the student?
•    Does the poster show evidence of research?
•    Does the poster show artistic merit and creativity?
•    Does the poster accurately reflect the historical event?
•    Is the poster neat and visually pleasing?

Contest Entry

Generally, chapter members will travel to local schools to select the winning poster(s) from a school.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners can be chosen and a certificate would later be presented to the students at the school.  The 1st place school poster will compete at the Chapter level.  1st, 2nd and 3rd place students at the chapter level each receive a certificate and a monetary award, to be later presented to the students at their respective schools. The Tennessee Valley awards $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place and $50 for 3rd place.

The overall Chapter winning poster is taken to the State Society’s annual convention, held in February of each year.  Once the State Society has selected a winner, that poster will compete at the National Society level. Only one entry from each State Society is accepted for the National contest.

The State Society winners will be displayed during the National Contest. The Americanism Committee will announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners during the Youth Awards Luncheon at the National Congress.

Contest Awards

Cash awards are presented at Chapter, State, and National levels. For example, the 1st place state winner is awarded $100 (amount may vary).


Hal Thornton                                Topper Birney

256-655-8786                               256-883-2982           

Additional information and rules can be found at:

The Americanism Elementary

​School Poster Contest