SAR Oration Contest
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2017-2018.
To obtain the Saramana SAR Chapter Youth Awards Brochure By-fold please click HERE.
This Brochure describes ALL of our Youth Award Programs.
The SAR Oration Contest
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high school students in that same grade range. While the preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level (Saramana SAR Chapter), students may eventually advance to the state or national levels, eventually held in June during the annual SAR Congress.
Purpose of the Contest
• To support historical research in our high schools by promoting oratorical presentations related to our Revolutionary War period 1750-1800.
• To emphasize American History to the high school student and focus on an intelligent relationship between the past and the present.
• To place a positive emphasis on the plans of our founding fathers.
The preliminary rounds of the contest are held by Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution to select one winner from each Chapter, followed by selecting one winner from each State Society. Prizes may be awarded to winners of Chapter and State Society competitions. The State sponsor is responsible for informing the contestant how expenses of competing at the National Level will be made. For example, travel, hotel for two evenings and meal expense.
The National Society competition between State Society winners is held during the NSSAR's National Congress in June/July.
Rules of the SAR Orations Contest
Official Rules of The SAR Oration Contest
1. The contest will be held in preliminary round(s) by chapters followed by state societies of the Sons of the American Revolution to select one winner from each participating state. Each participating state society should provide information regarding the contest to senior high school, parochial, private and home-schooled speech and/or history teachers and principals or counselors as early as possible.
2. The contest is open to all students of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes (Grades 9 - 12) in the public, parochial, private and home schools within the jurisdiction of the sponsoring chapter and state society.
3. The oration must be original of not less than five minutes or more than six minutes. The subject shall deal with an event, personality, or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and show a relationship to America today. The oration must be essentially the same as the submitted manuscript. Notes and props (including military uniforms) may not be used in the presentation.
4. The Chapter and State SAR Society establishes the date and deadlines for its contest allowing adequate time to submit its winner as an entrant in the national competition.
5. Before the chapter winner competes in the state contest, a copy of the oration, a photograph and biographical sketch of the entrant, and the completed Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application (Applicant Form) and the Consolidated SAR Youth Awards Application (Sponsoring SAR Form) shall be delivered to the state chairman following the chapter contest.
6. At Congress the NSSAR will furnish awards and give recognition to all orators who participate in the national preliminary and final contests.
7. Expenses involving lodging, meals, and transportation to, at, and from the NSSAR Congress may be borne by the sponsoring state society. Chaperon for the entrant may be provided by the state society or district.
8. During the presentation of orations at chapter, state-district, or national contest, no applause is permitted until all orators have finished speaking.
9. During the contest, private videotaping or flash picture taking shall not be allowed.
10. By action of the 1985 NSSAR Congress, all judges in the SAR Orations Contest must be members of the SAR. The judges will select the winners by the following criteria: A. Composition; B. Delivery; C. Significance; D. Historical Accuracy; E. Relevance. Time allocated for delivery is between 5 and 6 minutes. (A penalty is applied for going outside the time allocations.)
11. The contestants must agree that the interpretation of rules and the decisions of the NSSAR and its judges shall govern without reservation. The judging sheets and notes are the property of the SAR.
12. The first place winner at the national level of the SAR Orations Contest may not compete in its future competitions.
13. The first place National winner is expected to attend the youth awards luncheon the day after the final competition.
The deadline for Saramana SAR Chapter entries is December 1st and the Chapter must notify the Florida SAR Society of the Chapter Winner by January 15.
The Saramana SAR Chapter awards three cash scholarship awards, and college plans do not have to be completed in order to receive the cash award.
Please be aware that contestants must be present at the Award Luncheon in December for the SAR Oration Contest in order to receive any Cash or Medal Awards. Please visit our Saramana Calendar of Events and look under December for the Regular Luncheon Meeting and the exact date and time.
The Saramana SAR Chapter Cash Scholarship Awards are:
First Place Winner receives $1,500.00
2nd Place Runner-up receives $350.00
3rd Place Runner-up receives $150.00
At the Florida SAR Society, the State Scholarship winner normally receives around $1,000.00, second place around $500.00 and third place around $250.00. In addition, the Florida SAR Ladies Auxiliary normally makes additional scholarship awards of around $300.
At the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, three cash scholarship awards are given: The National First Place winner receives $4,000; the 2nd Place Runner-up receives $2,000; and the 3rd Place Runner-up receives $1,000 cash prize.
The above winners also receive an Olympic-size medal
All other finalists…………………………… $300
All other national Contestants……….……… $200
This means that if a SAR Orations Contestant in our area can win the Chapter Contest, the State Contest, and the National Contest, they should receive scholarship amounts of around $6,500. This would be a good start at helping to pay for college.
The winner of the state Society contest may receive expenses toward their trip to compete in the national contest.
Required Form Download:
To obtain the Required form, you can click on Oration Contest (Applicant Form). Another option is to go to the National Society web page at: https://www.sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/joseph-s-rumbaugh-historical-oration-contest. The Form is right after a brief description of the contest.
Please note that the Required Form will necessitate that you have and use the latest version of the “FREE” Adobe Reader.
For more information on obtaining and using Adobe Reader, please click on Using PDF Files.
Instructions: AFTER you have opened the Oration Contest (Applicant Form).
Please save the opened form to your computer and SAVE the file with your name and the Contest name as the file name. For example, “Sam Compatriot Oration Contest.PDF” . By having your name as part of the “file name”, another contestant’s file can NOT be saved on top of your file. The folder where you save the document is your choice. Just remember where you saved it.
Now please CLOSE the web page where you obtained the Form and OPEN the saved file on your PC to Continue
The “Applicant” should complete the first part of the “Applicant Form” on Page 1, which would include the first seven rows thru Organization Mailing Address. The Saramana SAR Chapter Committee Chairman is responsible for completing the SAR Information. Please review the instructions and complete the form with all applicable details.
If there are ANY places on the form that request a “Signature”, please type in the appropriate name. These forms are NOT designed to be printed. After you have completed and saved the form to your computer, then the “Saved” form and any other requested documents are to be emailed to the Committee Chair named below, or absent a Committee Chair to the Chapter President named below. Hand written applications are NOT approved.
Contest entries MUST be submitted as PDF files attached to emails.
If possible, please request a “Read Receipt” so that you will know that your file was received.
To e-mail Steven R. Fields, our Saramana SAR Chapter President, click on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (941) 228-6123.
The SAR Orations Contest Procedures
Insofar as possible the chapter, state or district contest should follow the procedures of the NSSAR Congress contest. These procedures are known to the majority of our chairmen, but new chairmen may be unfamiliar with them. The national procedures are as follows:
• At the beginning of the program the rules are explained to the orators and the audience.
• Before the contest begins, preferably in private conference with the chairman, the orators draw
numbers to determine the speaking order.
• All orators are introduced only by number
• In giving the oration, at no time may the orator use notes or props.
• There are at least three judges, all of whom are SARs in accordance with the 1985 NSSAR Congress
action. Prior to the contest, the chairman discusses the rules, procedures and judging sheets with the
judges. The judges are seated throughout the audience with their location unknown to the speakers.
The chairman acts neither as coach nor judge.
• Before the first orator comes before the audience, the timer is introduced. For the benefit of the orator,
the signals to indicate five minutes and six minutes are described to the orators and the audience. If the
orator announces a title, timing does not begin until the oration itself begins. The orator at the end of
six minutes may complete his/her sentence. If the orator begins the next sentence and/or continues, the
timer records the excess time. If the oration is less than five minutes, the timer records the time not used.
• The chairman follows the manuscript. The changing of a word or a sentence is understood, but if a
substantial portion of the oration deviates from the manuscript, the chairman indicates this on the
record. The timer and chairman are seated together for recording purposes. The one who is following the
manuscript can and should prompt. The timer notes these promptings on his record.
• When the contest is over and the judges and timer have retired, the chairman introduces each orator
either by name or number and asks the individual to comment on his/her activities, school, future plans,
and any family members or support group persons that may be with them at the contest.
• When the judges return, they are introduced. The judging sheets and notes are the property of the SAR.
The winners are announced and presented with monetary awards.
Form Download for the Judging Sheet can be found at:
Look under Awards & Program Forms for the "Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest Chapter and State-level Judging Sheet".
To see the previous National Society Sons of the American Revolution Scholarship winners, please click on https://www.sar.org/education/youth-contests-awards/joseph-s-rumbaugh-historical-oration-contest
and scroll toward the bottom of the page.