Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Ethan Marsh Takes First Place in Ohio Society SAR Essay Contest

LtoR: Terry A. Whetstone; Ethan F. Marsh; Col. Donald C. McGraw

On May 6th, 2017, the first place winner of the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was announced as Ethan F. Marsh, who was sponsored by the state’s George Rogers Clark Chapter, based in Springfield, Ohio.

The award was presented to Marsh at the 128th Annual State Conference of the Ohio Society in Blue Ash, Ohio by contest committee chairman and state society president, Col. (Ret) Donald C. McGraw, and George Rogers Clark Chapter secretary Terry A. Whetstone.

Marsh’s essay, titled “The Patriotic Audacity of Alexander Hamilton”, was chosen for the first place award from amongst 92 entries statewide.  The second place winner was Rachel Jablonski, sponsored by the At-Large Chapter; and the third place award went to Sara Petron, sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapter.

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally established and named in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, who won a local SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The contest was reestablished in 1988 by Compatriot McCarthy DeMere.  In 1995, the contest was renamed the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in honor of their generous gift to the SAR to support this contest. The program is designed to give freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history.

Conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

For information on this contest, visit the Ohio Society Sons of the American Revolution website at http://ohssar.org/programs/.  If you are interested making a donation to help fund the Ohio Society’s Youth Programs, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/ohssaryouthfund.


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