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Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Essay Contest

Advisor: Mrs. Alice Curtis

Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) conducts an essay contest with a topic related to the American Revolution. Participation in this event is voluntary. 

In previous years, SMA has had a winner at the local level and several years ago an SMA student won the local, state, regional, and national competition in the seventh grade and repeated the feat in eighth grade. 

Sarah Arnold a seventh grader was the 2012 winner for the local Chapter of DAR, General Israel Putnam.

Matthew Loehle an eighth grader essay won the 2012  regional chapter.

Mary Catherine Pasquale a 2011 graduate of St. Mary of the Annunciation School was named the 2011 Winner of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest for Grade 8.  Mary’s essay, Memoirs of Paul Revere, was one of 41,239 essays judged this year with entries from all fifty states. She was presented with the award in formal ceremonies this July at DAR National headquarters in Washington, D.C. at their Annual Convention. Her essay will also be displayed in the rotunda of Constitution Hall during the coming year.

For more information about this year's topic and deadline go to




National Geographic Geography Bee

Advisor: Mrs. Alice Curtis

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. This year SMA eighth-grade student William McGuinness  was the all-school winner and qualified to represent SMA at the state level competition. 

The National Geographic Geography Bee contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.

For more information and for study tips go to

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