Chapters are encouraged to conduct the American History Essay Contest.
All students in grade five, six, seven, and eight and who are educated in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on August 18, 1920.
National awards for the first, second, and third-place winners include scholarships to the school of their choice.
The annual American History Essay Contest Youth Awards and DAR Good Citizens Award ceremony was held at the Barrington Area Library, Saturday, February 24, 2018.
Information was sent out to 10 local schools to participate.
The essays were judged by three non DAR judges, who selected winner from each grade level to be sent on to the state contest.Each student attending read their essay and then received a certificate, a membership card, a small U. Flag, information on the Constitution and the flag, a Good Citizen’s pin and its meaning, an ink pen, bookmark and a monetary award.“These were all great essays, we appreciate everyone’s time and effort,” DAR Regent Linda Wilson told the award winners.“If we proactively educate and inform the citizens of the issues we are facing as a nation today, we will be able to solve the problems of tomorrow and preserve our heritage,” Davis said.The American History Essay contest is open to fifth through sixth grade.“By not keeping informed of the current issues, Americans do not know what other people are doing to solve these challenges,” Davis said.She pointed out that if Americans don’t take action now its people will lose their patriotism and allegiance to their country.This year’s essay topic was “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.” Grade level winners were: Sixth grade – Braylon David Bruns, Caliche School; seventh grade – Dacota Muth, Prairie School; and eighth grade – Ralisha Maureen Anderson, Sterling Middle School. The winning students wrote about the history of the women’s suffrage campaign and famous women’s rights activists such as Susan B. One student, Anderson, had a different take and wrote her essay from the perspective of a 28 year old man in 1918, who was inspired to join the movement wanting his two sisters to have equal rights and to be treated with respect. After reading their essays at the reception, each winner received a certificate, bookmark, a pencil, a pen, a small U. The Signal Hill Chapter historical committee recognizes and rewards high school seniors from area schools, who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities.Each award is given on a merit basis including: completion of a questionnaire, essay, scholastic record, and a letter of recommendation. Chapter winners will advance to the district level, District winners to state and state winners to national.