Joseph Rumbaugh

Historical Orations Contest


What is the orations contest?

It is a contest for high school students to write and present a five to six minute oration about an event, personality, or document from the American Revolution and a relationship to America today. 

Prizes will be awarded at the Chapter, State and National levels. Chapter awards are conditional to each chapter.
The State will award $500 to the first place winner. 

Who is it for?

The Rumbaugh Orations 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 oration must be an original composition of no less than 5 minutes and no more than 6 minutes. The subject must 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 uniforms) may not be used in the presentation.

Each chapter can hold their own contest and determine a winner to send to the state level contest. Before the chapter winner competes in the state contest, the chapter chairman should send the state chairman a copy of the orations, a photograph and biographical sketch of the contestant, and the completed Form B (pages 3 and 4 of the provided PDF).

The judges will select the winners based on the following criteria:
Composition
Delivery
Significance
History


Note:Appropriate penalties will be applied if the contestant goes outside the allocated time limits.


All submissions are due to the State chairman no later than March 31. Contestants will have to be notified about the location of the Annual meeting so that they can make arrangements to attend the state contest. The winner of the state level contest will receive their cash prize, an engraved medal, and travel and hotel arrangements for the contestant and one chaperone to attend the SAR National Congress to participate in the national contest.

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 (link is external) of the contest. Click
HERE.

For assistance, click HERE.  The Rumbaugh Oration Contest Chairman is Dan Weedin


Washington SAR

Sons of the American Revolution