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History class is about to get a tad bit more competitive for Carroll County students and teachers.

Announced Dec. 11, the Westminster chapter of Sons of the American Revolution has partnered with Carroll County Public Schools for a program geared to teach students about patriotism and the American Revolution.

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The program, which includes brochure, speech and essay contests, is open to students in elementary, middle and high school and even offers a contest for history teachers.

"SAR has a variety of youth programs and one of the things we, as a chapter, strive to do is educate the community. Part of that is having the youth programs because the young people will be the next generation of leaders and they need to know the history," Westminster SAR President-elect Jim Engler said.

"The goal is to try to get as much participation in [the program] so as many students as possible start learning a bit more about what happened during the American Revolution."

The partnership encompasses the following programs as well as contests at chapter, state or national levels, some of which award prize money.

• George Washington Portrait Program — Places a framed reproduction of the first president in a prominent location inside of a school.

• Americanism Poster Contest — Elementary students must create a poster on the American Revolution. Entry deadline for 2014 has already passed.

• Americanism Brochure Contest — Middle school students must create a brochure on the American Revolution. Entry deadline for 2014 has already passed.

• Knight Essay Contest — High school students must create a 500-word essay on the American Revolution and its impact on the modern world. Entry deadline is Dec. 31.

• Rumbaugh Orations Contest — High school students must prepare and memorize a 6-minute speech on the American Revolution and its impact on the modern world. Entry deadline is Dec. 31.

• American History Teacher Contest – Middle and high school teachers who provide interesting and innovative American Revolution classes are eligible for this contest. Interested teachers must submit an application and a 500-word essay. Application deadlines vary. See http://www.sar.org for more information.

For more information, email Jim Engler at j.f.engler.1@gmail.com or visit http://www.sar.org.

Reach Sarah Hainesworth at 410-857-7873 or email sahainesworth@tribune.com.

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