Written by Katie Marcum
Photos by DAVID SWEARINGEN
April 20, 2022
The DAR Good Citizens Awards
The DAR Good Citizens program is our chapter’s way to recognize outstanding area young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. 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 accredited private schools. The senior selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the following qualities:
- Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.)
- Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.)
- Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.)
- Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals)
Each school may honor only one senior class student per year as its DAR Good Citizen. This student is then eligible, if he/she wishes, to enter the scholarship contest by submitting an essay.
The DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest consists of an informational packet of transcripts and letters of recommendation, and the essay, which the student must complete at one sitting, within a two-hour time limit, and without assistance of reference materials. Each contest entry was evaluated by three independent, non-DAR judges.The winners for the DAR Good Citizens award for our chapter is as follows:
- Third place, Daisy Otwell, senior at DeLeon High School
- Second Place, Alexes Thurman, senior at Stephenville High School
- First Place, Veronica Rodriguez, senior at Dublin High School.
Patriots of the American Revolution DAR High School Essay Contest
In 2021, NSDAR established a new high school-level essay contest focused on figures of the American Revolution, in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding. The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, and those who are home-schooled.
Writers were to select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-83) and discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was, and his/her contribution to the founding of a new nation. Figures may have been any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small.
Students are encouraged to use primary sources (i.e., immediate, first-hand accounts such as letters, diaries, speeches or newspaper reports) for their research, lesser well-known figures are acceptable, but subjects must have been actual participants, i.e. not fictionalized.The Teha Lanna Chapter winner for this inaugural contest was Elijah Neal. He is a Stephenville home-schooled junior.