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Student entries must meet the criteria of the award to be eligible. On the day of the district competition students can self-nominate entries for special awards judges to review. Regular district judges will also be watching for, and nominating, entries for these awards

The George Washington Leadership Prize

George Washington stood at the center of the world stage through the second half of the 18th century and has continued to do so since his death in 1799. He played a pivotal role in every major event surrounding the founding of our nation in his roles as Commander in Chief, president at the Constitutional Convention, citizen farmer, and the President of the United States of America. His actions have been examples of civic responsibility, patriotism, and historic complexity over time and remain relevant in national dialogue today. 

Presented by the Washington Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, this $250 prize will be awarded to outstanding projects in both the Junior and Senior categories that demonstrate a clear understanding of the ideas and events defined by Washington’s life, leadership, and legacy. In addition to outstanding historical interpretation, we award special consideration to projects that seek innovative and compelling ways to tell the story of George Washington so that his timeless and relevant life are accessible to the world. 

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Award

The National Museum of the Marine Corps in partnership with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation will present an award judged to be the best entry with a history of the Marine Corps subject within the guidelines of this year’s theme of “Triumph and Tragedy." The award will consist of a check for $1000 to an individual winner, or divided equally between students of a winning group entry. In a rare case in which there are co-winning entries, the award will also be divided.

Students are encouraged to research a topic that involved the many actions of the United States Marine Corps in American history. Some topics which reflect "New Frontiers" include technological advancements used by Marines to engage with different environments or Marines and their role in Space Exploration. For more information on the National Museum of the Marine Corps Award please contact the Teacher in Residence at teacher@marineheritage.org.

Virginia Sons of the American Revolution Citizenship Award

Representatives from local chapters of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will present Citizenship awards and certificates for noteworthy projects which cover the Revolutionary War time period (1750 - 1800) within any category of both the Junior and Senior Divisions.

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