California youth win major national awards at Sons of the American Revolution’s 127th Annual Congress

July 12, 2017
CONTACT: Dave Gilliard

Knoxville, TN — California youth won three major national contests at the 127th Annual Congress of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Taryn Murphy, an 18 year old recent high school graduate from Temecula, CA won the National Rumbaugh Oration contest with her speech entitled “Why our right to privacy insures national security.”

Murphy wowed the national judges with her eloquent defense of the Fourth Amendment and her polished speaking skills. She received a standing ovation from the over 600 attendees and was awarded $5,000 from the National Society. Taryn is a nationally ranked public speaker who will be attending Hillsdale College in Michigan.

Kailee Mark, an 8th grade student from Fontana, CA, won the Sgt. Moses Adams Brochure contest. Kailee’s brochure was on the Declaration of Independence. This national contest is for 8th grade students, who must produce a brochure on one of our Nation’s founding documents.

Vincent T. Von Tungeln, a 5th grade student in Lancaster, CA won the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. His poster was on John Sevier and the Overmountain Men, who won the battle with the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Kings Mountain is considered one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War.

The Sons of the American Revolution traces its roots back to the centennial celebrations of 1876 and was officially organized on April 30, 1889, the one hundredth anniversary of the inauguration of George Washington as our nation’s first president. The SAR was conceived as a fraternal and civic society composed of lineal descendants of the patriots who wintered at Valley Forge, signed the Declaration of Independence, fought in the battles of the American Revolution, served in the Continental Congress, or otherwise supported the cause of American Independence. SAR members work to keep America’s history alive through outreach education programs in schools.

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