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Texas Daughters’ history essay writing contest

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The Joshua D. Brown chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT) are encouraging all fourth- and seventh-grade level students -- home-schooled, private schools, parochial schools, and public schools -- to enter the annual Texas history essay contests conducted in conjunction with the state DRT.

The essay writing contest is open for fourth-grade students, Texas history essay contest for seventh-grade students, as well as for outstanding fourth-grade Texas history teacher contest and outstanding seventh-grade Texas history teacher contest. The essay topic for 2014 fourth grade is either William Barrett Travis or the letter titled “Victory or Death.” Seventh-grade students are to write on both the life of William Barrett Travis and the impact of the letter, “Victory or Death.”

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The deadline to enter the essays is Tuesday, Feb. 18. Typed essays are to be double-spaced on 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch paper, using Times New Roman, size 12 font. Top and bottom page margins must be 1 inch. Side margins must be 1.2 inches. Essays must be submitted in English.

Fourth-grade typed essay -- The body of the essay can be no less than 1-1/2 pages. There is no word count requirement.

Fourth-grade handwritten essay-- Word count should be between 500 and 525 words.

Seventh-grade typed essay -- The body of the essay can be no less than 2-1/2 pages. There is no word count requirement. Typed essays are to be double-spaced on 8-1/2-inch by 11-inch paper.

Seventh-grade handwritten essay -- Word count should be between 800 and 825 words.

Essay requirements -- A minimum of four references are needed, but no more than two may be Internet references. Research references should be listed on a separate page but not counted as part of the essay length. Cover page should include the name of student and state whether the student is in fourth or seventh grade, the name of school, the school’s street address and city, the title of the essay, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the name of sponsoring DRT chapter (The Joshua D. Brown Chapter), Kerrville, and chapter contact person and telephone number, which is chapter President GayNell Wells at 830-895-0788.

Wells may also be contacted if the student requires additional entry information, entry forms, or a copy of the essay contest instructions.

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