Essay Contest

High School Knight Essay Contest

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest


What is the essay contest?

It is a contest for high school students to write an essay based on their own original research of a proven topic. The topic of the essay must be an event, person, philosophy, or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the U.S. Constitution.

Students must include at least five references with a minimum of three published book sources. If there are no book sources, the essay will be disqualified.

Prizes will be awarded at the Chapter, State and National levels. Chapter awards are conditional to each chapter. The State will award 3rd place, 2nd place and 1st place prizes of $100, $150, and $250 respectively. 

Who is it for?

The Knight Essay Contest is for high school students in 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades enrolled in a public, parochial, or private schools (including accredited home schools).

How does the contest work?

The essay must have four parts: (A) a title page, (B) essay pages, (C) biblography (works cited) and (D) contestant's biography. The title page, bibliography and contestant's biography must be listed on separate pages from the essay and no reference to the contestant's name of information can be apart of the essay pages or bibliography.

  1. The title page must include: the title of the essay, contestant's name, address, telephone number and email address. In addition the title page must include the name, address and telephone number of the high school in which the contestant is enrolled and the contestant's grade level.
  2. The essay must have a minimum of 800 words and not exceed 1,200 words (excluding parts A, C, and D). The essay must be typed double-spaced on white bond paper. No bindings or special covers are needed. Graphics are not permitted. Plagiarism will be grounds for immediate disqualification.
  3. The essay and bibliography must be documented in MLA format.
  4. The contestant's biography is limited to one page. Topics to be included in the biography are academic awards and achievements, school activities, community activities and plans for college.

Essays which meet the rules will be accepted and judged on the following criteria:

  1. Historical accuracy
  2. Clarity of thought
  3. Organization and proven topic
  4. Grammar and spelling
  5. Documentation

The annual submission deadline to the chapter is December 31st.

Essays may be sent to the state chairman by that date, who will forward them to your local chapter for judging. Chapters must forward their winners for the state contest by January 31st.

Where can I go to find more information?

Please consult the national society website for all of the most up to date official rules and procedures of the contest.

You may contact the State Chairman if you have any questions or concerns about the contest:

C. Louis Raborg, Jr.
714 Chestnut Hill Rd
Forest Hill, MD 21050