Topics for the 2017Evacuation Day Essay and Poster Competitions


South Boston Citizens’ Association President Tom McGrath announced today that because of the tremendous success of the past several years’ contest, the Association, along with Mass Bay Credit Union and Comcast will once again sponsor the 2017 Annual Essay and Poster Contests.

Once again, after last year’s outstanding effort put forth by past President Bernie O’Donnell, he has once again expressed an interest of taking on the challenge of chairing The Essay and Poster Contests. Bernie always taught me that these contests are a great way to educate and strengthen the interest of the children of the community, I was more than pleased when Bernie offered to once again, head up this Event for the children of South Boston”, Remarked McGrath.

Bernie further expressed “One of the missions of the SBCA is to reach out to the young children of this historically rich community, joining the SBCA in promoting, organizing, and judging the Evacuation Day Poster and Essay Competitions is a most fitting way to improve on that mission.”

Subject matter has been specifically chosen

The Poster Competition is open to all students in grades 3, 4 and 5 who are either South Boston residents or who attend school in South Boston. This year’s theme is Illustrate Historical events in the City of Boston during the Revolutionary War, such examples can be of the following: Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, or Henry Knox and the Noble Train of Artillery. Posters should be original compositions, in any medium, at least 8 ½” x 11”, but preferably larger. Prizes are as follows first prize $100, second prize $75, and third prize $25.

The Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 6 through 12 who are either South Boston residents or who attend school in South Boston. The Essay themes are broken down according to grade, as follows: For students in grades 6 through 8:   Who is Henry Knox and what was his contribution to Dorchester Heights and the American Revolution?   Essays should be at least 500 words, prizes are as follows first prize $100, second prize $75, third prize $25.

The Topic for students in grades 9 through 12: Who were the Sons of Liberty and what was the role of Sam Adams leading up to the American Revolution?  Essays should be at least 1000 words, prizes are as follows; first prize $150, second prize 100, third prize $50.

As in years past, the SBCA, Mass Bay CU and Comcast are generously sponsoring the competitions. All prizes will be presented during the Historical Exercises on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Dorchester Heights, following the 9:00A.M. Mass at St. Augustine’s Chapel, weather permitting.

All entries should bear, in an attached envelope, the contestant’s name, school and a means of contacting the entrant, and should be submitted no later than Friday, March 10th, 2017 At 5 PM. All entries may be mailed to South Boston Citizens’ Association, P.O. Box 74, South Boston, MA 02127, or can be picked up at schools by a representative of the Citizens’ Association. Entries can also be dropped off at 170 M Street.