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Who Is Eligible

The Contest


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2019 OHSSAR Winners

D.G. High / Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The Ohio Society and National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution invite all high school students interested in the American Revolution to participate in the D.G. High / Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest. The preliminary rounds of the contest begin at the local level, students may potentially advance to the state or national levels where scholarships and cash prizes are awarded.


The oration must be an original composition, of not less than five minutes, or more than six minutes. The oration must be given from memory and without the use of notes or any kind of props. The subject of the oration shall deal with an event, a personality, or a document, pertaining to the Revolutionary War, showing the relationship it bears to America today.

The contest is open to all high school students (9th through 12th grades) attending public, parochial, private, or home school students in that same grade range.

Click HERE for the complete description of the contest.

National - First Place Winner - $6,000; 2nd Place - $4,000; 3rd Place - $2,000, 4th-6th Place - $500 each, All other non-placing national contestants receive $200 each.


Ohio Society - First Place Winner - $600 plus travel and lodging expenses to the national contest; 2nd Place - $400; 3rd Place - $200.  All other non-placing state contestants receive $50 each.


Local Chapter – Awards and chapter contest deadlines vary by the local sponsoring chapter.

Entry forms and a double spaced copy of oration must be sent to OHSSAR Oration Chairman Jack Bredenfoerder by Monday April 20, 2020.

William Ross - Contact HERE

1st Place - Gabriel Gainer       2nd Place and 3rd Place - No winners