The Sweetwater Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently presented American history certificates, the Christopher Columbus Award and certificate and recognized the Good Citizen from each high school.

The purpose of the American History Essay Contest is to promote American history throughout the year by honoring significant historical people, places, dates, and events.

The Sweetwater Chapter does this by sponsoring the American History Essay Contest and the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. In many instances, the two essay contests provide an additional opportunity for teachers to reach out beyond the existing curriculum.

Earlier this school year the Sweetwater Chapter delivered essay instructions which included the topic for this year’s essay entrants to every school in Douglas County. Students in grades five through eight in public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible.

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Since 1996, the NSDAR has joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor an annual national essay contest on Christopher Columbus. This contest is open to students in grades nine through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled.

• Chapters select one essay as the chapter winner. Chapters may award all participants in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest a Christopher Columbus Essay Certificate. Bronze Medals are not awarded for this contest.

• At the state level, one Christopher Columbus essay is selected and a state-level certificate is presented, plus any other awards at the discretion of the state.

• Division Winners receive a Division Winner Certificate and a book.

This year’s American History Winners were from Sweetwater Elementary School who not only had a fifth-grade Chapter Winner but also a third place District Winner.

The Good Citizen Awards are presented to one senior in each school.

They are selected by the school and we are proud to recognize their contributions’ to meet the requirements of Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.); Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.); Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.); Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals.

Each school’s DAR Good Citizen received a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate, wallet recognition card, and a monetary award. Sweetwater Chapter is proud to say that all five public high schools participated in the Essay Contest for an opportunity to compete in NW District of 34 Chapters and State.

The DAR Good Citizens program is a wonderful way to recognize outstanding young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. Chapters should contact local high schools as soon as possible and encourage their participation.

The DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of education. United States citizenship is not required.