DAR Essay Contest


The Jerusalem Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution announces the winners of the 2020-2021 DAR American History Essay Contest. The topic for the middle school students was "The Boston Massacre". The students were to imagine they were living in Boston and after witnessing the events of March 5, 1770, describe their family's discussion about the Boston Massacre and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.

Wantagh Middle School students are to be especially recognized, as this project was entirely voluntary. Judging was based on historical accuracy, adherence to the subject, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling and punctuation, grammar and neatness.

Wantagh Middle School 2021 DAR Essay Contest Winners

Grade 8 - First Place

Madeline Lehrer


Grade 7 - First Place Winner

Isabel Madison


The winning essays have been forwarded to the New York State DAR American History Chairperson for the state competition. The winners will be recognized at a DAR luncheon and a school awards assembly held in May 2021. (2020 and 2021 Luncheon is cancelled due to the pandemic)



2020 Elementary Level DAR


Grade 5 - First Place

Catherine Odell

Wantagh Elementary School

Grade 5 - Mrs. Ferarra's Class

The essay was entitled
"What the Flag of the United States of America Means to Me" .





Each year the Wantagh School District, in conjunction with the Jerusalem Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, sponsors an essay writing contest. The contest is open to all students who attend both Wantagh Middle and Senior High School. Over the years Wantagh has had the pleasure of having several state level winners.

Click the links below for information pertaining to the individual essay contests for 2020 - 2021 ...


Middle School Contest Flyer

Essay Cover Page Template

American History Reading List

Essays are due to classroom teachers by:

November 13, 2020


Elementary Contest:

"What the Flag of the United States of America Means to Me"

Elementary Contest Informational Flyer

Downloadable Flag Essay Template  (MS Word)

Essay's are due to classroom teachers by:

January 31, 2021


For more information about the history of Wantagh, New York, U.S.A. - click link below

Wantagh Museum and Preservation Society