Written by Marvin Murray
In January, the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) held their regularly scheduled meeting in Falcons Landing’s Ballroom to announce the winners of the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. This nationally sponsored contest is designed to give high school students (9th through 12th grades) an opportunity to explore the influence of the Revolutionary War period on present day America.
Our Fairfax Resolves Chapter sponsors this speech contest to provide students an opportunity to present a persuasive speech that deals with an event, personality or document pertaining to the Revolutionary War and shows a relationship with America today. The contest is open to all eligible students attending public, private, home or parochial school in our local area.
Teachers and administrators at local high schools have maintained a commitment to developing the speaking skills of our nation’s youth by encouraging students to participate in this national contest at one of several local SAR chapters. Winners of the Fairfax Resolves Chapter contest are awarded $150, receive the Joseph Warren Medal and are eligible to compete at the State level competition. Winners of the Virginia Society contest are awarded a college scholarship and are eligible to compete in the National Contest.
The photo shows the two winning students of the recent contest sponsored by the Fairfax Resolves Chapter. Both attend Bishop O’Connell High School.