The Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution annually sponsors the American History Essay Contest for all students in grades fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth in public, private, parochial, and home schools. The 2017-2018 topic for the American History Essay is as follows:

The end of World War I was the beginning of a new age. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Imagine you are living in 1918. State where you are living and how the end of the war will impact your daily life. Discuss the pros and cons of the changes this war introduced to society and how you imagine those changes will impact the United States in the years to come.

The chapter is also co-sponsoring the Christopher Columbus Essay with the National Italian American Foundation. All students in grades nine, 10, 11, and 12 in public, private, parochial, and home schools may participate. The 2017-2018 topic for the Christopher Columbus Essay is as follows:

Christopher Columbus, an Italian, managed to convince a Spanish monarch to fund his voyage. Discuss the reasons why a monarch from one country would be interested in hiring an explorer from a foreign country to complete such an important mission. What convinced the Spanish monarchy to support Christopher Columbus instead of Spanish explorers?

The information will be available to students and teachers in August.

The deadline for entries is Nov. 17, 2017.

Anyone with questions or seeking further information may contact Ashley Place at or 251-288-8178.