National Recognition – Three Rivers student Ainsley Argo – Sons of the American Revolution – Poster Contest

Congratulations to Three Rivers Elementary student Ainsley Argo!

Ainsley placed third Nationally in the Sons of the American Revolution Poster Contest.

Dr. Ed Bonniwell, had the privilege of presenting Ainsley with a Certificate and check for her efforts.

Dr. Ed Bonniwell presents the National Award to Ainsley Argo at her school

Thanks to the Three Rivers School for permitting Ainsley and other students to participate in this contest.

Every year, the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (CCSAR) have students participate in six contests.  In May, 2022, the SAR held an awards banquet at the Montgomery Inn in downtown Montgomery.  The banquet honored the winners of six contests promoting knowledge of the American Revolution.

Cincinnati SAR Annual Awards Banquet held in May of each year

Ainsley Argo was recognized as the winner of our local Cincinnati poster contest.  From there Ainsley’s Poster was submitted and awarded first place for Ohio, then third place in the National Contest.

For the poster contest which Ainsley participated, there were hundreds of participants representing schools around the Cincinnati area.  We commend all who participated!

Schools who would like to participate can reach out through “Contact Us” and we will have a Cincinnati Chapter SAR representative contact you.

To share the full scope of the Youth Education contests sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, please see below.  As you can see, these contests include all levels of education as well as recognizing the Outstanding Teacher of American History.

You can learn more about this and other programs by clicking on the link below:

Youth Awards – Contests & Scholarships

The Youth Education contests include:

  1. Poster – Elementary
  2. Brochure – Middle School
  3. Essay – High School
  4. Eagle Scout – High School
  5. JROTC – Enhanced Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps – High School
  6. Outstanding Teacher of American History

Poster – Elementary – at the Elementary School level each participant rendered an original poster depicting an event of the American Revolution.  No photos, magazine cutouts or other such media are permitted.

Brochure – Middle School – at the Middle School level each participant submitted an 8 ½ x 11 tri-fold brochure discussing either The Articles of Confederation, The Declaration of Independence, The US Constitution, The Bill of Rights or The Federalist Papers.

High School participation includes an Essay Contest and an Eagle Scout contest.

  • Essay Contest – the Essay Contest requires writing a strictly formatted paper between 800 and 1200 words on a topic of their choosing including footnotes and a bibliography . Essays are judged equally on the following criteria: historical accuracy, clarity of thought, organization and proven topic, grammar and spelling, and documentation.
  • Eagle Scout – the Eagle Scout contest rates a Scout’s leadership qualities, community involvement, scholastics, merit badges and several other key parameters. He/she must also develop a 4-generation ancestral chart and write a short essay.

JROTC – the Enhanced Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps contest is limited to members of JROTC programs that must be in the top 10% of their JROTC Unit as verified by the Senior Military Instructor and must be in the top 25% of their high school class.  The Cadet must complete an original essay, of 500 to 700 words on “How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States of America”.  The Cadet must be recommended by the high school principal and Senior Military Instructor.

American History Teacher – the American History Teacher contest requirements are so numerous and demanding that they cannot be summarized here.  Let’s just say that anyone winning this contest is an extraordinary qualified individual extremely dedicated to teaching American History.

Thank you to all who participated!

  • We appreciate the school districts who choose to participate.
  • We are grateful to the parents who support these students.
  • Most of all we are inspired by these students, their level of commitment, whose creativity and love of country inspire their creations.
  • Last but not least, we thank the members of the Cincinnati Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who commit time and energy getting the word out about these programs, and the countless hours spent reviewing, judging and recognizing these outstanding students.

Looking forward to next year!

It starts sooner than we realize!

If your school district is interested in participating,

please reach out for more information.


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