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Brochure Contest

The Sgt. Moses Adams Memorial
Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest

The brochure contest was started by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) to encourage middle school students in the 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grades, including home schooled students, to develop a brochure showing what they have learned about “One of the Nation’s Five Founding Documents:”

1.      Articles of Confederation;

2.      Declaration of Independence;

3.      Constitution;

4.      Federalist Papers;

5.      Bill of Rights.

Although it is an individual project, the SAR hopes that whole classes will study and research the subject together.  The contest is also open to Scouts (Boys & Girls) and members of the Children of the American Revolution (CAR) 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 student must enter the contest through the school and not as a separate entry. 

An example of a winning brochures and more in depth instruction can be found at the National SAR site.

Schools’ Responsibility: Selecting of the document to be studied during a given school year is the school’s responsibility.  This permits the school to align the brochure contest with that of the school’s curriculum. In addition, the responsibility for judging of the Brochures falls upon the school, but if this become too cumbersome, we will accept all of the brochures produced by the class or those that the staff feel best represent the school or organization.

Guidelines for Contest Entrants:

1.      One brochure per student - Not by a group

2.      The content of the various panels should align with the instructions provided
          in the SAR Brochure.  This guide also explains how the brochure is to be
          identified.  Judging will be performed with the student’s identification
          blocked from the judging team’s view.

3.      Paper: The thickness of paper is that commonly used for business document,
         but it must be 8½” x 11” and could be lighter weight, particularly if items
         are to be pasted onto the master.  Construction paper is usually too thick, but
         may be used, providing the brochure can be tri-folded.  Paper color: White
         paper is most common, but pastel or colored paper is acceptable.

4.      Artwork: All artwork on brochures should be hand drawn.  Do not paste
         pictures from magazines, books, or the Internet onto the brochure.  Clip art
         cannot be used.
  Simple drawings that represent complex concepts are
         encouraged for those who may doubt their artistic skills.  Ideas are the most
         important element in these brochures and the art is merely a means of
         conveying those ideas.

5.      Pasting: Pasting of hand drawn art work onto a master is permitted.  Lighter
         paper weights are recommended for items to be pasted onto a master.

6.      Text: The written text is commonly hand printed.  Typed text sections, even
         pasted on, are also permitted.  [CAUTION: This must be original text
         written by the student – not clipped from magazines, books or taken off the

7.      Disqualification: Brochure entries may be disqualified for these reasons: (a)
         did not adhere to the annual Americanism Theme; (b) is not 8½” x 11” in
         size; (c) is not a tri-folded brochure (cannot be folded).


Judging: Brochures will be judged by the SAR on the following elements:

                a. Content    b. Creativity    c. Correctness

Awards may be given on each of three levels:

  • Each local school or group may be awarded a prize by the local Chapter to their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  Each of the Chapter 1st place winners will be forwarded to the state level competition;

  • The State Society will select their winner, and award 1st place $200.00, 2nd place $150.00 and 3rd place $100.00.  The 1st place winner at the state level will compete at the national level. 

  • The national prize & awards are:  1st Place - $200, 2nd Place - $150, 3rd Place: $100.

Submission of a brochure to the contest: 

  • If you were contacted by a particular SAR Chapter, please contact that chapter or individual and they will arrange to get the brochure and submit it into the state level contest.

  • For those that heard of the contest through other channels, you can always contact the State Chairman for Brochures, George M. Clarke, with questions, preliminary drafts of a brochure or the completed brochure.  He can be reached at brochure@passar.org  or call (484) 410-4436.  Arrangements will be made to accept your submission.

Submission of brochure for this year’s contest must be completed by March 31, 2022


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