Essay Contest

 

 

2014 Essay Winners

2014 Essay Winners

CONGRESSIONAL ESSAY WINNERS – Georgia high school students Drew Brown, left,  Southland Academy, Americus; Sara Knighton, Valwood Academy, Valdosta, Will Sewell and Neel Atawala, Deerfield Windsor School, Albany, and Avery Hart, Southland Academy, Americus represented the Georgia Society for the week-long Washington Workshops in Washington, D.C., in June. They are winners of the Congressional Seminar essay contest sponsored by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America offered annually by the Georgia Society. They joined more than 50 essay winners from across the nation for the event focusing on how United States government works, visited with members of the U.S. Congress, toured Capitol Hill and enjoyed a reception at Dumbarton House, NSCDA national headquarters in Georgetown. The seminar scholarship is valued at $2,200 per student that includes transportation and expense money. 

June 20-26, 2015 – Washington, DC

 Sponsored by the National Patriotic Services Committee of

National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

The Congressional Seminar, presented by the Washington Workshop Foundation, a private nonprofit educational organization based in Washington, engages the participants in active legislative simulation during the week-long Model Congress. Playing the roles of freshman representatives, speakers, lobbyists, caucus leaders, participants work to draft, revise and pass a bill through a vote of their seminar peers.

Additionally, the students attend lectures, visit historic sites and have personal interactions with Washington based policy makers, professionals and members of Congress and tour the historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown, national NSCDA headquarters.

Since 1967, the Washington Workshops Foundation has provided experience based educational travel programs to highly motivated, academically prepared and inquisitive students from across the US and around the world. The majority of these programs have brought students to Washington for more comprehensive understanding of leadership, civic education, federal government, US policies and global affairs.

 

NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST

 The National Society of the Colonial Dames of Georgia is excited to announce the essay topic for 2014-15:

HOW HAVE THE VALUES AND IDEAS OF AMERICA’S

COLONIAL PAST MADE POSSIBLE OUR COUNTRY’S PRESENT.”

  • The essay contest is open to all students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.
  • The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC,  June 20-26, 2015, where students from around the country will gather to have a special tour of our nation’s capital and the surrounding area and meet with Congressmen and other Governmental officials.
  • This contest is also a terrific résumé-builder for college bound students.
  • An Essay Contest Application is attached for your information. If your students have participated in the past, please note that the deadline is earlier than in past years so winners can receive sufficient notice to include this experience in their summer plans.
  • We look forward to your participation in this program.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact:

Leila S. Case, Lcase@habitat.org

NSCDA Georgia Society,  Patriotic Services Chair

 

INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS

 The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America is pleased to offer this amazing opportunity to students from your school!

  • We welcome essays from your students! If they are participating as part of a class project, please note that all students should submit an application form.

  • Encourage entries only from students who are interested in the Congressional Seminar experience and are likely to be available for attendance June 20-26, 2015, should they win.

  • Students may enter online or send hard copies via mail service to the Colonial Dame Patriotic Service Chairman in your state. If the Colonial Dames contact in your area has not been in touch with you or the name is not on the poster, please contact info@dumbarton.org to obtain the address for mailing. (Reference Essay Contest as subject and give your city and state.)

  • Students using postal mail should submit their completed application form plus 3 copies of their essay. Essays (750 words or fewer, excluding references and title) must be typed, double-spaced and printed on one side of paper only.

  • If your students’ essays are submitted online, they must be submitted online by November 28, 2014, or in printed form by December 1, 2014. If you have more than five students entering the contest, please also postal mail a copy of each essay to the Colonial Dames contact or chairperson in your state.

    KEY DATES

    • • November 28, 2014 – Deadline for students’ online applications and essays to be submitted to Dames contact in your area.
    • • December 1, 2014 – Deadline for students’ paper applications and essays to be submitted toDames contact in your area.
    • • By February 28, 2015 – Winners selected and notified by National Colonial Dames Consultant.
    • • March 15, 2015 – Winners acceptance/decline must be received by National Colonial es Consultant.
    • • May 2015 – Recognition of finalists and winners at school’s Awards Day ceremony.
    • • June 20-26, 2015 – Congressional Seminar sponsored by Washington Workshops in Washington, DC.
    • • July 2015 – Winners/participants submit short report on Congressional Seminar experience to National Consultant.

    Leila Sisson Case, Patriotic Service chairman, Georgia Society, NSCDA

2013 Winners

 

WASHINGTON– Analhi Lizarraga Minor and Rachel Doggett of Americus, and Maci Williams of Albany, joined more than 50 other high school students from across the U.S. in Washington the week of June 22-June 28, 2013 to participate in the Washington Workshops  Congressional Seminar.

The three students are Georgia’s winners in the national essay contest sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and offered through the Americus Town Committee, and the Albany Town Committee, NSCDA-Georgia.

Minor and Doggett are students at Southland Academy and Williams is a student at Deerfield Windsor School, Albany. They are all rising seniors. Caroline Carroll of Americus, also judged a national winner, was unable to participate.

Writing on the assigned topic: How Does the Monroe Doctrine Determine Our Past and Present Dominance as a World Power? the essay contest winners received a full scholarship and all-expense paid trip valued at more than $2,000 each to participate in the Seminar. Their essays were judged locally, regional and nationally for this award. Nationally, there were more than 300 entries submitted from across the U.S.with 54 attending from 22 states. There were 12 Dames scholars.

The Congressional Seminar, presented by the Washington Workshop Foundation, a private nonprofit educational organization based in Washington, engages the participants in active legislative simulation during the week-long Model Congress. Playing the roles of freshman representatives, speakers, lobbyists, caucus leaders, participants work to draft, revise and pass a bill through a vote of their seminar peers.

Additionally, the students attend lectures, visit historic sites and have personal interactions with Washington based policy makers, professionals and members of Congress and tour the historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown, national NSCDA headquarters.

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. Founded in 1891, the NSCDA is an association of 45 Colonial and Corporate societies with more than 15,000 members nationwide. The National Society headquarters, Dumbarton House, is located in Washington. The Georgia Society founded in 1893 is headquartered at the Andrew Low House – Museum in Savannah.

Since 1967, the Washington Workshops Foundation has provided experience based educational travel programs to highly motivated, academically prepared and inquisitive students from across the US and around the world. The majority of these programs have brought students to Washington for more comprehensive understanding of leadership, civic education, federal government, US policies and global affairs.

 

2012 Winner

 

2012 AMERICUS – Spenser Anderson of Americus, rising senior at Southland Academy, is among the four Georgia students to win the national essay contest sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and offered through the Patriotic Service committee of the Americus Town Committee, NSCDA-Georgia. Writing on the assigned topic: Discuss the relevance today of Abraham Lincoln’s statement, ‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand, Anderson and other essay contest winners received a full scholarship and all-expense paid trip to attend the Congressional Seminar in Washington, DC, the week of June 16-22. His essay was judged locally, regional and nationally for this award from the many entries submitted from across the US. Anderson presented his paper at the May meeting of the Americus Town Committee, NSCDA-GA where he was a guest of honor at the home of Robert and Kathy Parks. Mrs. Parks is outgoing chairman of the Americus Town Committee. Mrs. Dan Torbert (Mary) is incoming town chairman. Anderson, center, is shown with Susan Welch, Southland Academy history teacher, and Kathy Parks.

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